Ricky goes to Turkey
Istanbul , Antalya, Fethyie
After 24 hours in Albania I couldn’t stand the smell or the attitude of the people there. I immediately took a bus that took me to Athens thereafter headed to Istanbul , Turkey !
My first night in Istanbul was amazing and had a beautiful bachata night at a known hangout called the 360 which is located on the 7th floor of a historical building in the heart of downtown.
Bachata Nights at 360 – A popular restaurant spot with terrace view of the the city on Wednesday nights. The night usually start late about 11 pm and ends at 1 am. It is worth just to go and see the beautiful view from the top !
Gran Pera – The most popular spot for latin dancing in Istanbul Fridays and Saturdays. There is a terrace view on the 6th floor which is attractive and nice view.
You can also choose your favorite room : Salsa , bachata or kizomba ! Although Kizomba has not caught on in Turkey yet….there you will only find 1 or 3 couples dancing.
After a week in Istanbul it was time to move on even though I hadn’t seen the famus historical landmarks everyone was talking about. The city smelled bad, the hostel was small and dirty. The hostel name was PAXX Hostel, I don’t recommend this hostel unless you can put up with moles and dirty washrooms. I had booked a week to regain my strenght as I had not slept in a bed in weeks.
On my way to the bus station there was a huge rain storm of which I was then forced to take a taxi instead of the bus. The bus ride to Antalya was 12 hours ! Upon arriving in Antalya I immediately felt the heat of the sun and nice warm weather. The bus station (otogar) was really far from the downtown core so I had to take a nice modern tram at the cost of $0.56 CAN ! From the downton core I proceeded to walk towards the nearest beach where I could find some internet and a small café to eat.
Antalya is incredibly beautiful with its trees, cliffs and Mediterranean Sea to cool you off from the hot sun. It is too bad that governement has put profit over nature since most beaches there are once again ripped from their natural state to be replaced by stone walkways and small trees that don’t reach 5 feet tall !
Latin Nights at Flamingo Beach – To find any latin night in Antalya you really have to search hard. Salsa, bachata dancing from 10pm to about 1 am. People in Antalya start late and finish early ! Every Wednesday night
Tudors Beach – The most popular spot for latin dancing in Antalya. About 100 or so dancers come for a night of salsa and bachata. No kizomba Again night starts at 10pm and ends 1 am on Friday nights !
Marmara Hotel – Latin dancing in Antalya on Saturday nights.
Naturism in Turkey
Note that Turkey is an Islamic country and public nudity is strickly forbidden even on beaches. However, there are many remote and secluded beaches you can take adavantage of.
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