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jslavik Adana - A travel report by John
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Living in Adana

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Adana is the fourth largest city in Turkey with a population of approximately 1.2 million. Like the rest of Turkey it is a secular Moslem area. The secularism adds interest as you see a great mix of older custom blended with western values. Adana is blessed with a more temperate climate than most of Turkey and it rarely falls below freezing here. Lots of rain in the Winter that turns to hot and dry Summers. This region is mostly rural with large farms and food related industries predominating the economy. Tourism is weak with only two 'good' hotels. Local foods can be interesting, especially the large variety of breads.

Favourite spots:
The Mosque as you enter the Eastern end of the city is impressive. I have been told that it is the largest in the entire Middle East. It features seven minarets and fountains that flow with flavored water during religious/national holidays. Directly north of this landmark is a fair sized city park that is constantly being tended and improved upon. During the spring this park is an absolutely delightful place to take a picnic lunch and then enjoy a boat trip on the Sehan River. To the South is the Roman Bridge, the oldest bridge in the world in continuous usage. This region has been a crossroads for the silk trade for millenia. There are several castles all within a few hours of the city.

What's really great:
The people of Turkey have to be its best feature. They are the friendliest people I have ever been amongst. They have absolutely no compunction about inviting a relative stranger into their home, feeding and entertainning them and expecting absolutely nothing but conversation in return (and they don't expect you to speak Turkish, which can cause some real fun). Hint: don't be sick and don't pause and say Ummh when you do.

Sights:
Grand Mosque, walk along the Seyhan River, the Old Clock Tower, Snake Castle, and the Gold Market.

Accommodations:
Adana Hilton

Nightlife:
Avoid the local clubs, they are the only truly dishonest thing I have seen here. They like to get your charge card number and charge US$1000s.

Hangouts:
I haven't visited any that I consider exceptional.

Restaurants:
Moonlight in Incirlik Village, Top of the Hilton (excellent but expensive).

Other recommendations:
Walking amongst the people, grabbing a rolled Pilic Kebap from a roadside vendor (ask for Acili).

Published on Friday February 20th, 2004


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