Europe Travel

Travel || Perge, Turkey

Perge is an ancient Greek city near Anatalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast  of Turkey.  Sam and I are both history nerds so we had loads of fun touring and exploring the ruined city.  The acropolis there dates to the bronze age.
My biblical studies obviously weren’t up to scratch because I didn’t remember that St. Paul traveled and preached in Perge quite frequently. (As well as St. Barnabas.) Luckily the amazing tour guide made up for my shoddy history.
Perge was founded at the end of the Trojan Wars (1275 BC) so it’s easily one of the oldest places I have ever visited.
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The stadium.
And you can see the wounds from watersports on Sam’s arms. I have matching ones.
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Inside an archway in the stadium.
The main road through the town is still intact. It is lined by pillars with paved streets and canal that runs alongside, leading up to a fountain.
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Writing on various stones was still perfectly clear.
I’ve never been so thankful that my sorority made me learn the greek alaphabet. It was very exciting to be able to recognise all the letters and even a few words!
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A closeup on scalloped detailing on a former storefront.
The novelty of being able to touch something so old never quite wore off. I spent most of the day giggling whenever I was able to touch or sit on something ancient. I know that’s my naive American ways, but when you grow up in a country where the oldest buildings are like spring chickens to the rest of the world it’s really neat to see pieces of ancient history.
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It was also fiendishly bright and hot.
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Sam and I at the top of the ancient street, some pillars of the agora in the background.
This was a no makeup holiday and by the state of my hair, it looks like it was a no brushing day.
This was my first exposure to ancient Greek ruins and happily more were to follow on this trip!

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  • You look so happy and vibrant in these pictures!

    • Thank you so much! (I’m really happy to read that you’re starting to feel on the mend from being ill!) x

  • I think we went there – was it in the mountains or down by the sea?

    • It’s about a 20 minute drive from the coast but it’s in the hills so maybe yes to both?! haha the geography of Turkey was incredibly confusing to me. The Mediterranean seemed to pop up out of nowhere. Hilly mountains, dry, dry, hill, dessert- holy shit a sea! x

  • Karly Kim

    Beautiful! You guys are such a gorgeous couple! I’m jealous, but I know that we still love each other… right?

    • Thank you! ANd you don’t need to be jealous. Sam knows my heart belongs to you. Do you ever talk about blog friends to other real life people like this?: “Oh, great- yep, my friend Karly thinks that too!” Sometimes I do and then I wonder if I’m weird. x

      • Karly Kim

        Umm yes, I do. I refer to you all the time. DAILY to be exact.

  • Can I please have your skin? And your hair? Jealous of your non-makeup state! I’m also jealous that you know the Greek alphabet. That’s awesome.

    • You wouldn’t want my skin if you saw that I came back with one billion more freckles than I left England with. I am a freckle monster now! How some people can put on sunscreen and still get tan faces, I’ll never know! Even Sam noticed the extra freckles which means that they are pretty darn obvious. x

  • What an amazing place to visit! And I’m so glad your sorority came in handy 🙂 I have no idea what any of the Greek letters mean–so deprived 🙂

    • Hahaha it’s finally come in handy (I joke- I love my Gamma Phi membership) but that’s been my first real world application of something Greek life related. So…..I don’t think you’re deprived at all 😉 x

  • That must have been a trip being able to touch all of that ‘old’ stuff!! I have never been anywhere cool like that and HAVE TO visit something as equally as beautiful and historical as Perge. Ooooh, you figured out words even.. how exciting. What is one word that you remember reading!!?

    • I recognised the word “life” but that was it really. I just was happy that I could remember the alphabet, really! Here’s a secret- I used to work in a museum and I loved touching “old stuff” whenever I got the chance! x

      • HAHA! You WOULD touch all the old stuff. Add it to the list of your quirks Amanda! So funny.

  • I would love to go to Ancient Greece! It sounds amazing and I love the photos!

    Thanks for linking up with us for Totally Posted Tuesday!

  • Oh wow. I love ruins and history. Whenever I am at a historic location I take a moment to soak it all in.

    • It was so overwhelming (in a great way) to round a corner in the road and then be surrounded by ruins! x

  • Betsy

    Looks so beautiful! I can’t wait to see more : ) I love me some ancient Greek ruins!

  • Elle

    Wow! So beautiful! Turkey is beautiful! I hope to see it one day. So much history in the ruins.

  • Ba haha. I loved being able to touch everything in Europe! They’re so much more laid back than museums in America… I feel like they’re all about the “OH MY GOSH DONT TOUCH THAT AND DONT SUE US” life in the USA.

    You would look adorable while touring the ruins. And tan, girl! So tan (says the girl living in Portland).

    • They are so much more laid back which is crazy when you compare it to America because artefacts in American museums are babies by European ancient things age charts. Although, when I worked at the Carlos Museum, I was telling people “NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY! DON’T TOUCH THAT!” all day long!

      Ha, it’s only because I got so tan in New Mexico this summer. I didn’t get that tan just from Turkey. England is starting to kill it already though! x