Dikmen Vadısı (1 of 4)


Saturday 25 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

I’m no lover city lover, that’s pretty much an accepted fact. So, when I’m forced, persuaded, encouraged, pushed, coerced or instructed to, off we go to the capital on the annual pilgrimage to pay homage to our senior relatives. As a drive of ten hours or so, so no mean feat, and as a result, usually means a two week stay, rather than a fleeting weekend visit.

This past January we were there. By Day Two I was bored stoopid of shopping malls – they are ALL the same. After the 7th I was pretty much convinced of that. Guess what, nothing had changed from the previous year, except perhaps some of the stock.

Anyway… this year I invested in a nice (but very cheap) pair of rather bouncy running/walking trainers (sports shoes). Rather loud in colour I must say, and so I have no fear of getting lost, but all the same… very nice by the way. 

So to escape a bit, each morning I would be up and out on the streets by 6:30-7:00am for an hour’s brisk walk to wake up the brain and sniff some fresh (ish) ice cold air before the traffic fumes took over. And this year something else happened, after all this time I discovered a gem of a park right on our doorstep (nearly anyway).




The park fills an entire valley, with walkways covering over three kilometers.




There are pools and ponds everywhere, with fountains and water cascades that must be quite a sight in summer – but not of coıurse in January; it was mostly frozen solid !




Even on days when it was not actually freezing, I was amazed at the well-kept flower displays the groundskeepers managed to keep alive – presuming they weren’t plastic that is.




This was part of the Japanese style walkway at the far end of the park.




And after my brisk charge around the park, slip-sliding away on the icy patches some days, the final challenge was to face the steps to get from the valley floor back up to the road level and then the walk back home, and brekky.




8 thoughts on “Dikmen Vadısı (1 of 4)

  1. joannesisco says:

    I love cities, I love shopping, but I agree with you that – sadly – all malls look the same now.

    Your winter walk looks lovely …. I wouldn’t mind a walk like that each morning to start the day!

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  2. dayphoto says:

    I can’t imagine doing those stairs in HEAT! But, all in all, I love this quick tour!



  3. We love cities. I was not raised in the country,but have an incredible desire where I can barely think of anything else to have a farm soon. But. What you searched out is exactly what my husband and I do. We love Chicago (which I lived a hop skip and a jump to as a child for 4 yrs.)We get up very early and walk ALL day,discussing the buildings walking in parks,backpacks on with drinks and snacks! New York we did do some shopping,but we can not stand to do much of this either. We did get some awesome MTV shirts and jeans. And some makeup for our daughters. Your pics made me have very happy thoughts of the beautiful churches,cemeteries,and parks. Oh,and people watching is great fun, too! And NO on the shopping malls 🙂

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  4. Yvonne says:

    That was a good discovery, and a good workout, climbing those stairs.

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  5. Bea dM says:

    those steps would have been hell in summer 🙂


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