Today I’m featuring a photograph of a very charming old lady from Antalya in Turkey. Spotted and taken by Paula McInerney from Contented Traveller run by Paula and Gordon. A great couple who met 11 years ago and travel together since!
Paula says they really love shabby chic style of houseboats in Amsterdam and tatami mat in a ryokan in Japan. They never say no to Bora Bora and massages in Chiang Mai or a beer with locals in Ghent.
Picture Story: Old lady from Antalya, Turkey
Antalya in Turkey was our base, when for some strange reason Gordon decided that he wanted to see a total eclipse of the sun. Coming from Australia and not having a lot of notice, we soon realized that we needed to book somewhere fairly urgently. The eclipse attracts so many people from all over the world and a lot landed in Antalya, which was a prime viewing position. As an aside, what a nice bunch of people are the eclipse chasers.
Antalya was actually a real gem to discover. Its location is picture post card perfect, set as it is on the Gulf of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast. Antalya is a fusion of the old and the new and this works so harmoniously together. It is a predominantly Muslim city, where the call to prayers can be heard throughout the day and where men gather to drink their tea and play backgammon vigorously. There are bustling bazaars, chic boutique shops and stunningly quaint cobble stoned back streets meander through the city.
It was while wondering around the historic district of Kaleiçi, with its old Ottoman era houses, that we saw our lovely lady just watching and observing.
The population of Antalya has gone from just over 20,000 when this lady was born to over 1 million now. This growth occurred after World War II. Until then, Kaleiçi within its fortified walls was all that was Antalya. Nowadays Antalya has become a highly popular destination for international tourists, and is often called the Turkish Riviera.
Kaleiçi is surrounded by the massive stonewalls, winding streets, and charming old houses butted up against one another and here we saw her each day sitting on her widow ledge and watching.
History tells us that early in the 20th century, spinning and weaving cotton were the major industries. One wonders whether our lady’s hands held the spindles and worked the looms.
I really wondered what she had seen and was seeing, as the wisdom and acceptance was so apparent in her eyes. Nothing seemed to faze her as she watched the old and the new blend so seamlessly. The changes that she would have witnessed through her life would have been amazing.