Our six regular readers from Ovacık head for Mersin and Tarsus in part two of their trip around the East of Turkey. 

Our six regular readers from Ovacık head for Mersin and Tarsus in part two of their trip around the East of Turkey. 

Mersin is one of the biggest ports in Turkey with a long promenade lined with upmarket shops and cafes which gives it a real continental feel.

After a good night’s sleep they were ready to head for Tarsus the next day.

Tarsus is the birthplace of Paul and there is a St. Paul’s Well and a St. Paul’s Church to visit there. 

There is also Cleopatra’s Gate where she is said to have entered the city to meet and fall in love with Antony. 

Tarsus also claims to have the grave of the Prophet Daniel beneath a mosque.
 
It also has amazing back streets with old stone houses, narrow alleyways and incredibly cheap fruit juice bars for the occasional refreshing stop. 

Freshly squeezed juice, from a choice of no less than 16 fruits, decorated with fresh fruit cost all of 1TL per serving – we want one in Fethiye!

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That is what we call dedicated tourism.


That evening dinner in a restaurant in Mersin was so delicious that the two women in the group invaded the kitchen to try and prise recipe secrets from the chef! 

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