Day trip- Antalya-Ucagiz

Apr 27th, 2012, 07:43 AM
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Here are the promised pics..sort of a hodge-podge, potpourri. I'm in the process of eliminating the two-three to a page...These cover some Istanbul (which I'm rearranging), Cappadocia, Lake District (untouched by the tourist hordes), Antalya, Turquoise Coast, Pamukkale, Ephesus, and odds and ends. On this trip we drove over 2,000 miles. Saw a pretty good chunk of western and central Turkey. Any questions, please ask by Pic #.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 02:38 PM
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I feel that I am getting to know you two so well !
This forum can be much more than pure travel info.
Do you like our idea of a couple of nights at Berzigan?
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Apr 27th, 2012, 02:42 PM
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Another thought - though maybe fanciful.
Is there anywhere to see semi nomadic communities?
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Apr 27th, 2012, 04:16 PM
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the tent city in my pics was between Konya and Egidir (Lake District). My guess is that you'd see far more in eastern Turkey.
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Apr 27th, 2012, 04:19 PM
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Suki..I, for one.. have no knowledge of anyplace in Turkey named Berzigan. OC??
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Apr 27th, 2012, 06:41 PM
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It might have helped had I spelled it correctly -Bezirgan near Kalkan.
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Apr 28th, 2012, 03:42 AM
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Just back on the forum,

Having spent many days of traveling in and through villages in most parts of Turkey, Bezirgan, a touristically glamorized village was not of any interest to us. so we never drove there.

If the reviews attract you, you should definitely go and decide if you wish to stay. I would not stay more than one night though, when time is so precious. (Did Willy Wonka say something regarding that during the tour of the chocolate factory?)

If you follow my suggestion, you will find Birgi a really local large village with narry a tourist in sight and no Scottish wife does the Cinar (or was it Cinar alti) B&B owner has with his walnut stained hands and two craftsmen sons who do local interior decorating in nearby Odemis. His wife does the cooking, and if you wish he can take you to his chestnut and walnut orchards also.

Historically, Birgi was an important town because pirates could reach it by river many centuries ago and it was the capital of a feudal kingdom. Later, it stayed important until late 19th century and boasts of a terrific mosque and a very unusual mansion with wooden panels imported from Venice inearly 19th century. If it has not been fully opened to the public, your son may get the guard to turn his eye away while he sneaks a look inside if you bring some dry cat food to the security staff who look after a number of very friendly strays on the grounds.

Regarding, nomads, we would see some tents on the land route between Fethiye (Kemer) and Korkuteli when we traveled in the past. There were also one or two families selling carpets. But it is very difficult to observe them because they are very reclusive. It is also difficult to differentiate them from Romans (gypsies) at first glance, the main difference being the herds of goats the nomads will have and the difference in the shapes and contents of their horse carriages, as well as their clothing.

Even in late September, they would stay away from the coastal areas and prefer the mountain pastures.
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