Travel with me #90 : Inside the Kale - Kaleiçi, Antalya!

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In my last post about Turkey, we had the pleasure of visiting a restaurant not only known for it's culinary distinction, but also the charm it inherits from being a surviving landmark of the ancient city of Kaleiçi. The restaurant i'm referring to is of course Seraser and for those that missed my review, you can find that here.

Today, we'll be taking a tour around Kaleiçi, enjoying it's landmarks, resonating with it's culture and trying to get a sense of it's multi-epoch history. Though most people know Antalya for it's touristy, resort vibe, those looking for some tradition and heritage, will find Kaleiçi to be defiant of such labels.

Admittedly, my original plan when visiting Antalya was to stay at these resorts, there isn't anything wrong with some relaxation after all. Occasionally, you stumble across a treasure without looking for it, as if a gift from a spiritual tour guide, a hint if you will. I'm glad I could experience that moment of divine intervention, if not for that, I would have sat oblivious to Kaleiçi, sipping cocktails contently beside a pool inside a soul-less resort, missing out on this demure but mesmerising town.

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I lived to the west of Kaleiçi, in downtown Antalya. There are buses that run from downtown to the ancient city, but a taxi will set you back around 30 TL (~8 USD) and will save you a great deal of time. From the map above, you'll notice that the Kaleiçi area is located along the Mediterranean coast, fronted by a harbour. This is in-fact a harbour that dates all the way back to the Roman era.

Kaleiçi means "Inside the Kale (Castle)" and for much of it's history, was surrounded entirely by the city walls. From the drop off point of the taxi, you get a magnificent view from the high ground of the ancient town. One of the recurring characteristics of Turkish cities are the tall spires marking the location of local mosques. In Kaleiçi , it's no different. Tall protruding towers stand tall above the Ottoman style houses below, serving as a sacred place of prayer. It is almost hard to believe that the town was once predominantly Christian, as most Roman occupied settlements were.

Red roof tiles dominate view of houses across the plain, with trees growing beside them, some to greater heights than the buildings beside them.

Outside the walls, I found this lovely stand dedicated to helping stray animals, particularly cats. They had built these mini cat houses and offered passerby's the chance to feed the homeless kitties. Me being a true cat woman, I just had to stop by and greet these friendly felines.

Just behind the stand were the mini cat houses. Each about the size of a baby crib, and all in various contrasting colours. Most of the cats were sleeping but to my surprise, a few friendly ones came to greet me and receive some snacks. My favourite was definitely the white one, she reminded me a lot of Milky!

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I was very impressed to find the cats roaming out in open space. I know from experience that domestic cats tend to be cautious and don't feel comfortable out in the open. Clearly, these cats have been living independently for quite some time.

There are many routes into the old town. This 'Bazaar' entrance is just one of them. The souvenirs you see are pretty typical of the goods you will find within.

Although these horse carriages are not allowed within the city walls, they can go around the outside perimeter of the city, taking you from the clock tower all the way to Karaalioglu Park.

This was one of the most amazing displays of umbrellas I have ever seen. So many different colours, neatly arranged in rows covering the entire street. Either side, we have Turkish kebab shops, cafes and mobile phone stores.

This is a the Hıdırlık Tower as seen from Karaalioglu Park. According to records, the tower was built in the second century by the Roman Empire who were the rulers of the city at the time.

Originally, it was built as a square shape, but then turned into a circular tower in the same century it was built. Nowadays, it is used as a light house, but as late as the last century, it was still used as a fort.

Once inside the ancient city, we're presented with a myriad of locally produced goods, the most recurrent would be these beautifully hand made rugs.

They're beautifully detailed, and double up as decoration for the brightly coloured walls they hang on.

Wandering deep into the narrow cobble stoned streets, less and less imagination is needed to see how the locals go about their daily lives, in-fact, I get the sense that the ancient dwellers lived a similarly quaint lifestyle. If only schedule permitted, I could sit inside these cafes and restaurants for hours, days even, and simply be content.

Some of the streets had neatly manicured plants growing on the walls. Ivy, forming artistic and delicate leaves with almost random growth patterns that leave you wondering if they were placed there or did nature bury it's seeds within the walls?

You would expect with so many stalls around, shop keepers would be pestering you in an effort to sell you their wares. Quite the opposite. I was warmly greeted with each passing and that gave me a lot of confidence to admire their work. I was twice a visitor to this town, and on more than one occasion, the shop keepers had recognised me as I passed by their stalls. Sometimes they'd ask me where i'm from, and upon answering, they'd greet me with "Ni Hao". Such a joy!

This is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque. Originally built as a Roman temple in the 2nd century, it was later converted into a Byzantine church in the 600's. During the Seljuk Turkish Empire invasion, the church was used as a mosque and the minaret was added. During the 14th century, it was once again converted back into a Church. It was only until the Ottomon's rise to power in the 15th century where it became and stayed a mosque until it was destroyed in the 19th century by fire.

Hadrian's Gate

This is located in Antalya's city centre, right on Ataturk Boulevard. Built in 130 AD to commemorate Emperor Hadrian's visit. It serves as the main entrance to Kaleiçi from which you will gain access to the meandering narrow city streets. As I mentioned before, legend has it that the Queen of Sheba passed under these very gates!

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Right on the other side of the gate, there's a Hadrian‘s Gate Cafe with it's own fresh juice stall. It's a good idea to take a breather and refuel with refreshments before venturing further. On this particular day, the temperature was in the mid 30's, so some freshly squeezed juice and pineapple was great!

Some parts of the old town have quite open spaces...

Whilst others are very narrow and filled with blossoming flowers and plants.

I love how these Ottoman style houses blend in with the nature around them. They look a lot like what I imagine the Terrace houses at Ephesus would look like, built with uneven heights of floors and raised patios. It's also obvious that the locals have made an effort to paint their houses in suitable yet different colours from each other, the only colour they share in common is red, for the roof tiles.

In the public area, a garden with some lovely wooden sculptures of rams.

Shopping for Turkish style scarves..

Pottery with beautifully painted designs..

Cloth bags with very Turkish style designs..

Endless souvenirs to choose from..

There are even stalls selling counterfeit goods.

This candy shop really caught my eye, not only for it's child like colours, but also the two cute little girls outside who came over to greet me. They reminded me a lot of myself when I was their age. Always fascinated with colourful things, and anything that tastes Sweet.

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Old Town Harbour

This is an ancient Roman Harbour which served as the city's main artery from the second century BC, right up to the late 20th century. It was only until a new port was built near Konyaaltı Beach. Nowadays, this historic harbour is used by tour boats and yachts which will take you on short day trips to nearby scenic landmarks.

Most of the tour boats have been made to look like pirate ships, some even having quite dramatic designs on the sides and back.

By evening time, the pier becomes a popular place to watch the Sunset.

Just around the corner, there are private beaches, and even a hotel.

This is what it looks like after sunset. In the distance, you can see some laser lights being shone at the sky.

The green laser lights are actually projecting writing to the mountain face on the other side.

The ships light up, and the whole harbour becomes quite the light show. It's a perfect time for a romantic dinner, or just a casual stroll with much better temperatures to work with!

Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower)

This was built during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II. This first picture is when I entered the old town, and the second is when I left!

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Check out my short video of Kaleiçi


Thank you for taking the time to join me on this quick tour of Kaleiçi. We had a faint idea of what it was like before from our visit to Seraser, but who would have known the historical city had this much to offer. It turns out Antalya isn't just about those modern resorts after all.

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每到一座新的城市,我最喜欢去寻找这座城市生根的地方,也就是城市发展的源头——老城区,漫步其中,感受其最原始的城市状态,倾听整座城市在多年风雨洗礼后的生命篇章。记得在上篇土耳其游历故事里,我带大家感受了藏匿在安塔利亚老城区,神秘的伊甸园餐厅——Seraser餐厅,享受了一把地中海风味温情浪漫的烛光晚餐。但是也许你对安塔利亚这座城市仍然陌生,这座城市并没有像伊斯坦布尔那样耳熟能详的名字,但这座城市却是更有它独道的韵味和细腻的故事。安塔利亚位于土耳其西南部,是地中海沿岸最大的土耳其城市。曾经因为它秀美的自然景观和丰厚的人文历史,还有淳朴的民风和花园般的城市风貌,它的外国游客数达到全球各城市的第四名,一向是游客们最爱的度假胜地。

卡雷奇的沿海老城就是我们今天要一起探索的目的地,它是安塔利亚的旧城区,最大的特色便是那铺满历史年轮的古老石头城墙和房屋,蜿蜒的街道与充满古典韵味的民居,这里的风景美到让你情不能自禁,搞不好下一秒你就会爱上他。老城里的一条条小巷子像极了咱们的胡同,脚踏古老的地砖,悠闲的散步其中,总有一种亲切感伴随。走进古城,就立刻感受到那精致的奥斯曼式建筑的魅力和古罗马帝国的残迹。站在老城的高处巡视远方,就能看到那豪迈霸气的长笛状唤礼塔,历经700多年的风吹雨打,如今是这座城市的意象地标。唤礼塔的周围整齐的排列满密密麻麻的可爱红顶小屋,沐浴在地中海的灿烂阳光下,屋顶的红显得更加璀璨,搭配上屋子边蔚蓝的地中海海水,美不胜收,简直让我不敢相信眼前这正是拥有2000多年历史的旧城区。

在街边的小卖部,发现了可以有机会在爱心驿站里喂养流浪猫,我立刻买了猫粮,和可爱的小猫玩起来。爱心人士为流浪猫搭起了可以遮风避雨花花绿绿的小屋子,流浪猫看见我就像看见了老朋友,一点也不见外。路边停泊着情调十足的马车,相必坐着马车在古城游荡一圈又会是另一番感受吧。这五彩缤纷的太阳伞花棚搭成的美食街简直是拍照圣地。渐渐的时间已经到了黄昏的时段,水边的亥得利塔被金色的太阳光辉笼罩着,美极了。古城里每一道曲径通幽处,都是一个让你惊艳到说不出话来五光十色的市集,买卖各种土耳其特产,纪念品,手工艺品还有那些价值连城的古董。

古城最著名的,也是旧城区入口的哈德良门格外引人注目,它是一座造型典雅充满古韵的凯旋门,从罗马时期至今,已经过去2000多年,风韵犹存。据说这座门是为了纪念哈德良皇帝驾临而修盖的。走近了会看到,三道拱门和轻盈的门柱上都雕刻着精美的图案,周围残留着部分古城墙。因为这道门的地理位置十分显著,听说不少老城区里的家庭旅馆都会以这道门作为辨识方向的标志呢。穿越这2000多年的拱门,就仿佛时光倒流,满眼尽是奥斯曼帝国的风光。拱门里外的风景也是迥然不同,时尚现代与古典传统碰触出了两个世界。在这里还发生了个小插曲,这走过拱门的地砖石块,被每日来来往往的行人踩得光滑极了,我拿着Osmo录像,一个不留神就滑倒,摔破了膝盖。为了安慰自己受伤的膝盖,我决定在门边上的咖啡馆,吃一个当地特有的菠萝冰激淋。冰激淋的美味化在嘴中,甜在心头,立刻让我忘记了疼痛。

继续前行,我们来到一个可以观望地中海的公园,里面有精美的小鹿树根雕,衬着背景鲜艳颜色的楼房,风景绚丽多姿。接着我走进了一家和自己衣服颜色超级搭配的糖果店,店里的小女孩特别喜欢我,过来和我示好,并和我玩起来。夜晚将近的游艇旧港灯火辉煌,热情的音乐声响起,水边的烧烤餐厅忙了起来。港口边停泊着大大小小装扮各异的轮船,有的和电影里的海盗船一摸一样,有的装扮成土耳其特有的民俗风格。这些船只白天的时候可以带你海上垂钓或去远方的山谷和瀑布参观,如果我有更多的时间留在老城,真想跳上船远航。在这里,我还惊喜的遇到了本地人的港口边浪漫求婚和生日庆典,生日的祝福语被餐厅的激光打在对岸的山体上,热闹的场景让我舍不得离去。今天的安塔利亚老城之旅就告于段落了,希望大家很享受这份快乐,之后还有更多有趣的游记故事要和大家分享。

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Kaleiçi is a beautiful place . I loved all the photos ....so colorful 💕 I think people will never get bored there as they have multiple recreational places which are amazing. You are abundantly blessed @sweetsssj 😇

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thank you my dear, it's a blessing to have such lovely comments from you and the rest of the community. Thanks again!

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@sweetsssj..the place is super awesome..and may i ask who's your designer on your dress? its very fashionable and simple but the design is very elegant..wow its super nice and love it.you look so pretty on your color yellow dress...the ancient gate has the history of turkey..i just imagine, your passing at the great gate,your like the great queen cleopatra.^_^ ,its symbol of pure beauty..

thanks for sharing this..

upvoted for the lovely gurl and very awesome beautiful lady that i always admired her passion on travel..

have a great day...

my sweet friend..i resteem your post also

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To
All users on this post with no offense only one question.
How can you girls read that much? and how you can find it fascinating? Biggggggg how

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we love her so much that's the reason @kmabbasi

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Your'e a brilliant Steemit blogger. your post is huge and fantastic. I was blown away even on your beautiful heartwarming picture. and also colorful photos have you taken. it's wonderful I am happy to read this. it's like I am in on it.
Thank you for this post this is so memorable not only in you but the whole steemit friends.@sweetsssj

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sweetsssj... you are looking like a beautiful world your every picture .you like a butterfly .when i inter your blog i am so dreamer to follow your every moment .I am so pleased read the article .your dress is like butterfly outside design. love it every think.I am big fan your every post.waiting your next article.when i see your next post.please inform .....

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sweetsssj you look like the butterfly .

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You are an amazing blogger... i love your posts..mind blowing

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Turkey is a gem :)

好美的色彩~穿得跟街景特别搭~
我家的这只肥猫也是一只流浪猫 小时候被我捡回来 现在长得超级的胖~

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谢谢你噢,你的猫宝贝好可爱呀,肥肥的看着好乖,她现在长什么呀啦?^^

Great post again !
Really beautiful photos with ancient place.
Always enjoy your post dear @sweetsssj !
If you don't mind here is something for you!

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thanks akkha, great work!

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OMG !
Received your reply after a long time !!
I am glad you like my work !!!
Thank you so much @sweetssj . You are really sweet .
Have you got a chance to check out the post that I had dedicated for you few days ago ?

Dear @sweetsssj - Great to see another lovey blog on Turkey.
I was thrilled to see you playing with the cats near the pet help stand That is a great concept- I have not seen them in many places. Really a kindly act for the animals.

Wow - that crazy colored umbrella display is amazing! Love it!

I really like the fact that your blogs also speak of local people, customs and their nature. It is heartening to read about the merchants saying Ni Hao to you.

I wish I had seen the wooden rams, the wonderful rugs and in general, everything in that fort! I wish I had not skipped Atalaya. :(

You video of the Kaleici is cool. You look gorgeous in the yellow dress of course but the backdrop of all that color, hustle-bustle and activity is just enchanting

Thanks for this wonderful blog. Upvoted full.

When you do have some time, I request you to check my blog on Live Wild Flower child which is about free spirit, inspired by a Chinese gentleman I met in Chengdu in 2014. Your comments on the subject will be very much appreciated. Thanks

Regards,

@vm2904

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hi there! always a pleasure granting your visitation. I will come check out your blog and leave a comment as well :)

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Your'e a brilliant Steemit blogger. your post is huge and fantastic. I was blown away even on your beautiful heartwarming picture. and also colorful photos have you taken. it's wonderful I am happy to read this. it's like I am in on it.
Thank you for this post this is so memorable not only in you but the whole steemit friends.

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It is so nice and colourfull just i think that turks didnt let you out before you bay at list one caarpet at list :)

许多人都写游记,但你的游记很特别,除了美景建筑风俗,你总能带给我们一些些感动。像本文中,你喂流浪猫的举动,让我感觉很温馨很亲切。😇😸😻

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谢谢你用心的评价,很开心能听到你读文章的感受,希望我的图片和文字能带给你们暖心的快乐,关注你啦^^

You are a fantastic story teller, with unbelievable skills to entrance your reader into a world that many will miss. I am an adventurer and will definitely love to see this one day. I love the way you do your research and add some much fantastic content, which is why you are so loved on steemit, and also why I love being your friend. I am in the midst of writing my tour of Alaska, and now looking for my next adventure.

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thank you johnny, that's a really kind compliment and I will do my best to live up to it. I will follow you and hopefully read a couple of your Alaskan tour!

A really nice and informative post....thanks for sharing all the images are beautiful especially the umbrella street never seen before

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Thanks robert, it was the first time I stumbled across umbrellas arranged that way too. I thought it reminded me of the Sony Bravia TV adverts from some time ago. Full of colour!

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Hahaha......really wow

wow turkey is so beautiful and you also. very nice pictures will put it under my travel destinations. thank you for sharing the pictures with us

The umbrellas remind me of Tlaquepaque in Mexico :)

Such a beautiful colourful tour of the ancient city of Kaleiçi, @sweetsssj.

I felt swamped by a tidal wave of colour.

I had almost forgotten the old world charm of narrow city streets, vendors' stalls, open-square restaurants and terraced gardens.

I'm sure much of the city Hadrian and the Queen of Sheba visited still remains to this day.

The citadel was impressive and the towering minaret, not to mention the pirate boats in the harbour and the colourful Ottoman houses--such a romantic locale, especially for a writer, but more especially for a dreamer.

I could sense you were swept up in the mystery of the city--your video was a magical and haunting walkabout of ancient Kaleiçi and all its beauties.

Resorts have their place and their function but you wisely chose the better part. You fell in love with the soul of the city--it's plainly written on the page for all to see.

I was charmed by the cat rescue. It looked like a cat motel. My tabby, Thomas, would be quite at home, although bored with semi-feral cats, since he is a Muse.

I loved the progression of the photos as you followed the sun from early morning to sundown, and left us with images of green laser lights illumining the hillside and the clock tower glowing violet in the dusk.

A truly artistic presentation of the beauties of an ancient site with so much to offer a contemporary visitor.

Well done, sssj!

I get never get bored by watching photos and reading blogs. Great job @sweetsssj. Turkey is definitely a great place for tourists with so many ancient sites to visit and variety of foods and cloths.

Since three days Iam trying to get my passport becoz of this post ! Fantastic thnxx a lot for giving me travel goals ! Hope you will appreciate my thoughts!

A very fantastic trip @sweetsssj, I really like it let alone how the delivery is very interesting as it is there to follow you there. It can not be denied that turki save b slet alone how the delivery is very interesting as it is there to follow you there. It can not be denied that Turkey has a lot of history and escaped from time and time now Could be a tourist destination for us .. hopefully one day I can go there to see firsthand the history of civil ..

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Hope you get to experience it first hand one day dear!

Wow so many Colours😀 the yellow dress looks gorgeous! Traveling (and Minimalism) is the way to happiness👍

Wow, so much colors!
And i like those little houses for cats :P

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you know me and cats.. can't help be close to them!

That is a gorgeous place, how lucky that you found out about it! And those tiny houses for the cats must be the cutest thing I have seen in a long while, it makes me really happy to see that they take such good care of the stray cats in that area!

The buildings look really beautiful, and I love the contrast between the light walls and the green plants. How interesting that some of the plants are actually growing from inside the walls! The harbor is stunning as well, especially with all the lights, do you know if the ships there are privately owned or is it possible to go for a bout tour with one of the pirate ships? That would be exiting!

I have never been to Turkey and actually do not know that much about the country but your blog posts are showing such gorgeous places that I get more and more inspired to go there. There is also something really poetical and mesmerizing about your style of writing, that makes me feel really drawn to the places. I also love how you always seem to know so much about the area and its history, I always learn something new when I read your posts. So thank you for a great learning experience once again!

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mialinnea, what a pleasure it was to share my experiences with you, such a lovely comment has shown me that you've read the post thoroughly and enjoyed it! What makes me really motivated is comments like yours because it's great feedback that allows me to tune my posts for better enjoyment!

I do a lot of research during my visit as well as afterwards, it's a great opportunity learn a lot of things you never knew before - one of the perks of a perpetual traveller.

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It was a pleasure reading the post! Some times with long posts I loose interest in the middle and only look at the pictures, but your writing is really catching and makes me really want to continue reading and learn more about the places.

I can tell that you do a lot of research! And yes, traveling is an exceptional learning experience within many different areas of knowledge.

I look forward to reading your next post!

You're so darn cute and successful on here I just wanted to vomit out of jealousy and envy! But that was 4 months ago when I first joined. Now I love you and all that you contribute here. You deserve every penny you make on steemit. I now have been here for 4 months and rep up to 57 and closing in on 500 followers. My views have changed and little do you know, you've had a lot to do with that so thank you!

Regarding this post, looks like a great place, and looks like you've had a great time. Really enjoy seeing the city, the streets, and monuments you've captured. I'll be heading to that part of the world next year. I have a travel note list in my computer and I've just marked this place down.

Still in full Minnow territory it would mean a whole lot to me if someone like you took a look at my blog and gave me a pointer or two on how it could be improved. I have a growing respect for you on here and must say you are doing a great job representing for steemit. Keep up the great work! I know you will :) -Dan

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Hi Dan, thank you for this very straight forward comment, I really do appreciate your feedback. Actually, i'm pretty sure you have all the good prerequisites to be very successful, and I guess your results are starting to come through. Every person on steemit can definitely find their niche, and I was really lucky to have come on Steemit quite early and be one of the only people blogging about travel. Still, there are so many places in the world, and so many different personalities to visit those places. I'm sure you will find momentum soon, and i'll be following to see it happen.

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Thank you so much for taking a look and giving me some great feedback too. Yes it's true I was totally confused when I got here to Steemit, but you're right, I'm out of the 12 cent post range and I'm finding my place here. But it's a different game now. Like you said you got in early, saw steem go from 10 cents to over a dollar. Membership explode too. Now for someone like me to be successful I either need to invest thousands of my own money, which I don't have, or have the whales up-vote and support me.

I've seen many join in May when I did, and many quit because it was too much time and almost no earnings (for most newbies). I almost quit too. Then "whales" @lukestokes, @eturnerx, @twinner and @gavett started voting and following me it was like a skate boarder getting "sponsored". So I thank you sincerely for your follow and your up-vote, and above all else your encouragement. It makes all the difference for a still newbie like myself. When my SP gets high enough I'll surely do the same for other minnows. I will certainly be checking in on your work more often. It's top quality and the more I view your posts the more I like them! I'll be around! -Dan

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谢谢你给我朋友的好回复。

Thank you for introducing our country so beautifully and meaningfully.
Best regards

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thank you my friend, Turkey is an incredibly diverse and culturally rich country. I intend on making many more visits in the future.

If ever u come here in Philippines, try to check the temple of lea here in cebu . Im sure u will like it there . Have a safe trip pretty . 😍😊😊

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I will keep that in mind, thank you!

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i really love seeing your posts, wish i could travel like you too 😊😊😊

滿天空的彩色傘好漂亮呀!果然數大就是美!不知道他們怎麼會想到要這樣布置的?
去旅行的途中還能餵流浪貓,好有愛喔~ 我想這個經驗一定很美好吧?

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是呀,确实是很有意思的经历呢,海边的居民大概很喜欢鲜艳颜色的布置,配合了他们一年四季的好天气,看到彩色心情也会变得特别好。看到流浪猫在这里生活很安逸也很让人放心呢^^

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鮮豔的色彩在那邊好像隨時都在爭奇鬥豔,你穿的衣服好融入當地的景色喔!哈哈!

this is so cool @sweetsssj !! I want to go to turkey so bad :) it looks insanely beautiful.. everything from the umbrellas, landscape and cats haha its all amazing ! I can't wait to go to there once I start doing well enough to travel:) I'm so excited I love all your posts! it motivates me to do well so I can go explore the natural beauties of the world.. I do some traveling actually but mainly in New York and Florida where I live.. I went on a really cool backpacking trip with my dad actually through the Adirondacks near Canada and it was truly amazing but I really want to go to Europe:)!!! I posted pictures from my backpacking trip today if you ever get the chance id be honored for you to take a look! anyway thank you for sharing such amazing experiences with us! these memories will last you forever and that is so valuable! I'm also still counting on trying the pu'er tea lol.. il save that for when I make my way to china lol.. anyway enjoy your day/night and stay awesome :)

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hey steven, thanks for the lovely comment. I'm sure there are plenty of places to explore around where you live, in-fact, most people tend to take their home for granted when they shouldn't so i'm glad you get to know your own place well before venturing out into the wild. I'll be following so hopefully i'll see your blogs more often! :)

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Oh wow I was not expecting that! Thankyou so much :) ! It's so true that people tend to take for granted there home 🏡 area.. fortunately New York has plenty of beauty as well as The sunshine of Florida ! lol I have nothing to complain about haha but I do wish to travel !

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Cool

Thank you for introducing our country so beautifully and meaningfully.
Best regards

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Thank you for being wonderful hosts :)

Hi dear @sweetsssj , where are You Girl,
? missing you alot . This one is a perfect combo loved your both outfits and what beautiful city this is. Looks like a dream land and you are looking not leads than a fairy and I really mean this. Glad To see you find Cats here and many wonderful things too. This is an outstanding package a complete tour to this beautiful city , amazing pictures and beautiful you , this is going to be one of my favourite. Enjoyed and mesmerised , thank you so much for giving sharing such a great post . I know you are very busy but even a hi from you will make my day. Have a great day princess , hope to see you soon , take care and enjoy, love U 💐

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hi vikbuddy, missed you, thanks for keeping up around here and being active as ever. I'll be a little more active with posting so hopefully see you a lot more often :)

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hello dear , plz have a look at my poem on Rain , I hope You will like it : https://steemit.com/poetry/@vikbuddy/mighty-rain
Hope to see you soon on steemchat , missing you so much. Take care and Enjoy

i like every your post !!! =)

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thank you stefaniya! hopefully see you more often in that case :)

Happy to be attending & read the post! Wow man, that's great! I wish you the best of luck and I'm looking forward to the new :D

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thanks keks, see you in the next post :)

It's a beautiful place. And so good writeup. Pictures are beautiful as well. Cheers!

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very sweet and short replay. I agree with you @splash-of-angs63 (y)

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you're welcome, and thank you for the visit !

You always look so calm and sweet like your account name implies :) This place looks very nice, feels hommie and colorful. Wish you the best on your next adventure! :)

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thanks algenisfig, i hope i can live up to my name hehe!

Wow indeed that small town has a lot to offer. Those cat houses are cute as hell even for someone who doesn't love cats ^_^
The old Bazaar was so nice, with those hand made carpets (?) and I'm sure I would enjoy that place as it's not at all crowded like an ordinary bazaar (for eg Istanbul's )

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Oh gosh, the "ordinary" bazaar is really something else. Still, i love these stalls, because all the goods have such a strong feeling of Turkish culture, whether it's the hand made carpets, woven bags etc..

Fantastic blog!

hey
It looks like you spend a lot of time to post here.
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Turkey is closer to us but I did not go there
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do you have translator for your travels?
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Who's photographed from you? :D

Saved all your posts, I would definitely want to go to Turkey someday. They would be great guidebooks! I wish I traveled around the world when I was as young as you.

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thank you susan, there's always opportunity! I plan on travelling until I physically can't anymore!

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That sounds like a dream life to most people. I wish I can do the same, but there are a lot other things in life that I have to take care of first. But I do love travel and travel regularly every year. :) Happy & safe travels.

小姐姐穿搭也是用心啦(⁎⁍̴̛ᴗ⁍̴̛⁎)美美哒

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谢谢你噢^^

Great page and wonderful post. I am now following you !

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I appreciate the follow steve, hope to see you more often :)

does not the pain fall from the sky?
honest your beauty almost defeats the nymphs ;) @sweetssssj

this post is so amazing. Those are some fantastic images! I am looking forward to seeing more. You’re so creative!

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There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.

the wooden sculptures look so cool 😳

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i was so impressed with how detailed they were!

I live in Turkey. Perfect place for a holiday. I would recommend you to go to Izmir. You will love Izmir.

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Thank you dear, I had a short stop there, but I need to go back to explore it properly!

What a wonderful post...you made me feel like I was there, with all those beautiful pictures. Thank you for taking me on this tour with you. :D Have an awesome day! :D

What a greet meeting @sweetsssj ! I have just signed up to steemit and have seen your content on the top which is from my country.This is my first comment on steemit.Go on ,great work !

Fantastic @sweetsssj! I especially like the color of your outfit :)

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Thanks! I know you mean the yellow one :P

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There’s a yellow one? I didn’t even notice :)

You are lucky

Excellent post @sweetsssj Turkey has become as popular as Spain for UK tourists. Many people I have talked to have either been to Turkey or going. That picture with the umbrellas is such a practical and beautiful idea. Your travel blog is full of colour, description, with some history and culture as was your post on Taipei, Silks Palace restaurant & Muesuem. Look forward to your next adventure.

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thanks for that keviginge, I had no idea that people from UK like Turkey so much. But the reasons why I guess are obvious, hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more blogs about it on Steemit too. As for Taiwan, I'm going to be posting alternating blogs about my trips to Turkey and Taiwan, so i'm sure you will find something interesting about Taiwan coming up soon!

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looking forward too it.

What a beautiful pictures!

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I NEED TRAVEL

Good post !

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There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.

Great post! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward for more!

Excellent travel

Great post

First of all greetings, I loved the post you wrote, detailing every part of that city where you were, describing its landscapes and places, the Cats I love, as I adore and I like cats, there are photos where you see the water with a spectacular color , as well as the amount and colour of the parasols in another photo you placed, and the lights you refer to are charming, the boats and the buildings, I liked them a lot, It is charming the photo where a sculpture appears with two wooden animals, the truth is that reading your post one is enriched with culture, happiness and very happy to be able to read and enjoy something that one does not know for moments.

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There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.

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Thank you dear :)

nice teavelling. someday if i have more SBD i will go there.

Oh god,,
Amazing!!

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There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.

Beautiful...

Amazing post! This has inspired me to do some blogs of my travel experiences! Stay tuned :)

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Very glad! Looking forward to seeing them ! :)

Very Nice Post. Follow me

Merhabalar. Azerbaycan'dan sevgilerle, saygılarla gönül dostları.

Pretty impressive work @sweetsssj
And awesome photography
Keep postjng and wait for the next one
Lovely

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thanks gkumar, next one coming soon :)

Wow this is so beautiful...

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thanks selim420, you have a good idea of beauty I think :)

@sweetssj come to the ankara

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next time!

your pictures are beautiful

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thank you, there are quite a lot to get through!

I like it. Beutiful

You have a lot of awesome posts, but this is by far one of your best ones man. I needed this one today! i love turkey Thanks.

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aww you think so? I'm happy you say that, because I put a lot of effort into it :)

Mam ,which camera do you use?

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Sony A9

Excellent as always, SSSJ!

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thanks underground! :)

I have sent 5,000 sbd, already a day why my post has not been in vote, please return it sbd me
https://steemit.com/photograph/@streetphotograph/about-me-2017102t102129996z
@sweetsssj

I have sent 2,000 sbd, already a day why my post has not been in the vote, please just give me back sbd.

https://steemit.com/photograph/@gifariphotograph/travel-2017101t231117451z
@sweetsssj

** Miss traveling, ** we rarely find ** beautiful women ** who like traveling like a big brother. The sister article is very good, with the contents of the article very legkap. Photos in the article are very interesting to see.

Success continues for brother @Sweetsssj

Your so beautiful women @sweetsssj

Wonderful photos. love your work.
please check my profile.
Thank you!

There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.

Wow amazing place

All of the pictures are wonderful ......

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thank you! so many!

Great and wonderful post.

excellent

You have a good light about the tourism in Turkey. As an active reader of your posts, it makes me want to earn more and travel those wonderful places.

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thank you, for being a reader and commenter, I appreciate it alot!

photos are very beautiful @sweetsssj
Thankyou for sharing!
Good job 👍

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thanks zul88, pleasure!

i love your photos here @sweetsssj. and definitely the outfit. i would love to hear more from your upcoming posts.

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thank you arnineone, this place was so nice that I had to visit twice, that's why I had 2 outfits haha :) Looking forward to seeing you in the upcoming posts :)

This made me want to go on hoilday so much

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aww, make it happen then!

wow as always..it's amazing..love your article..thanks for sharing with us @sweetsssj ..i love your outfit..^_^..i love everything ,the photoshots was so great ..how i wish to go there with my family..i want to have a vacation someday, thanks for your information through your travel..you promote the wonders of the world place , you show us the world...i thank you for that...

take care always, may the lord God bless you more and more votes to your article..wish you all the best my sweetsssj.

i give you my upvote and resteem your article..

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thanks mrblu, always appreciate your visit.

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its my pleasure, i'm your no.1 follower..since i join in steemit community,remember that day someone hit you with bad comments, that's the 1st time we meet here., the user always makes bully on you...but i notice he always hit you with bad comments..i always block him..heheheh..that's the start of our friendship here at steemit..^^...since then i always follow your post...i love you for what your are on this community ..not only me..but everybody here loves you...your so humble person and very kind..that's why i will always back you up..when somebody get pest on you... i will always be 1st the man protecting you when someone make some bad comments on you,,your enemy is my enemy...that's for sure..i will always be your friend here at the community...^^

take care always..i will always pray for your safety on your travel..

have a nice day @sweetsssj

P.s

mrblu

Hello @sweetsssj good travel for you amazing succesl for you day ,good friend you please vote me and follow @bilqis07 please @sweetsssj good luck

nice post my nice friend i love your post nice picture i think you have the expensive camera wish the best for you and your family if you like you can see i made post about the blood cancer today i think you remember me i did put your account in my steemvoter you will get my upvote exact 1 min after uplod your post.

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hello mehdikh19, thank you for your tips, I will take a good read of your report on blood cancer thanks.

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thanks i did put your account in my steemvoter you will get my upvote every time thanks for reading my post

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hi sweetsssji: good work keep it up...
i am new here please give some tips

pleasant trips and beautiful photos.
I really like the photo when you are close to the cats. always remain the best.

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aww thanks, the cats were so happy to see me. I think they can sense my love of cats from afar!

Thank you for taking people along with you to these places through your photos and posts. You are an amazing author on steemit.

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you're very welcome lifecruiser, it's always encouraging hearing words like these because I hope people enjoy reading and viewing my posts as much as I like writing them!

What a nice album u did.congrulations.antalya is one of the most beautiful city in world...

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I wouldn't say it's one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it's beauty is undeniable, and the old town has a unique footprint that's for sure.

Hi @sweetsssj .. A very beautiful trip, friends. I had traveled there two years ago. When I see this picture, and read your writing. I feel like I'm back there, Turkey is like the capital of the world. Because all history and civilization are there. I feel it.

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Thank you arfa, you have quite the experience with Turkey too, hope to see your adventures:)

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Thank you @sweetsssj :))

你的裙子和那些五颜六色的雨伞特别搭:)

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美有预算会那么的搭!

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意外的收获!

Wow beautiful girl with beautiful places....
Can you visit India I hope you like India......

Nice photography and good locations
Follow me and you have a good job

wow so beautiful! I hope to visit Antalya once, too!

Beaty post

Beauty post

@sweetsssj its nice place u got there 😊

wow nice