2nd attempt at Rhodiapolis

We thought that we are going to visit an ancient town we haven’t visited before, but already at a T-junction in the valley, we realised, that we had been here 2 years ago. Already on the way up, we decided to visit Rhodiapolis again. The town was founded by colonists from Rhodes. The army of Alexander …

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The Ancient Town of Phaselis

Phaselis was an important Greek and Roman harbour city on the coast of ancient Lycia, the area we are exploring at the moment. It was founded by the Rhodians (from the Greek island Rhodes) in 700 BC. Because of its location on an isthmus separating two harbours, it became the most important harbour city of eastern Lycia and an important centre of commerce between Greece, Asia, Egypt, and Phoenicia. …

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First hike in 2022

After celebrating the New Year at a very nice hotel in Side, we were on our way to the region of Lycia, west of Antalya, where we want to do some hikes again. The first one led us into The Göynük Canyon, a short and easy hike to start through a beautiful landscape. In summer …

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Travel Route 2022

We started the new year in Side, from where we travelled back to Greece and immediately to Italy. We want to explore the south of Italy for a bit. Our plans for this year are to get the car ready for new destinations and ship it to Southern Africa, where we want to stay at …

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Along the coast

We finally reached the Mediterranean coast and got some sunshine too. We discovered a tunnel the Romans had built to detour a river and “Moses” tree, before we visited Antakya. The Vespasianus Titus Tunnel was built in the 1st century AD for the city of Seleucia Pieria, the port of Antioch (modern Antakya). The construction …

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Zeugma Mosaics

A rainy day was perfect to visit the museum in Gaziantep, showcasing the incredible mosaics of the ancient town of Zeugma. It was founded in the early 3rd century BC as the city of Seleucia by Seleucus I Nicator, a successor to Alexander the Great, on the site where he had had the first bridge …

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Euphrates

The sun was shining and we were on the way to Halfeti, a town at the river Euphrates, semi-submerged in a reservoir, from where we wanted to take a boat and go on a little cruise. The Birecik Dam, one of the 21 dams of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) of Turkey, is located on …

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10 thousand years ago ….

We had heard so much about the site of Göbekli Tepe, that we were very excited, we had the chance to visit it finally. Just outside of the town of Sanliurfa lies a hill, where archeologists unearthed large circular structures supported by massive stone pillars. Most incredible is the period during which these pillars were …

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The amazing Nemrut Dagi

We were on the way to Mount Nemrut, one of the highest peaks in the east of the Taurus Mountains with 2100 metres. Directly on the top lies the royal tomb of Antiochus I (69–34 B.C.). We were looking forward to this sight, as we had seen so many photos on Instagram. Already from a …

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Diyarbakir

Diyarbakır is located on a basalt plateau on the right bank of the Tigris surrounded by a high and mainly intact 5 km long city wall. Of course today the city with 1,7 million Kurds spills out and most of the modern town lies outside this wall. We managed to find a good parking for …

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