Welcome back to apostcardfromturkey.com! This week’s postcard is from the Antalya Expo 2016 which is being held in Antalya.
Expo Antalya 2016
The focus of this year’s expo is showcasing a greener life. The event is being held from April to October with the theme “Flowers and Children” and the motto “A Green Life for Future Generations”. Over 50 countries are participating in the Antalya Expo, including Kenya, Comoros, Thailand, Italy, Ethiopia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Qatar, Germany, and Japan. Each participating country will design a garden relating to nature and sustainable environmental growth.
A flower made of flowers
A garden at the Expo site
A total of 8 million visitors, 5 million of which will be tourists from foreign countries, are expected to visit Expo 2016. Two thousand people attended the previous expo, in 2012 in the Netherlands.
Expo 2016 includes three exhibition buildings, home to 3000 square meters of gardens representing 51 countries, a Science and Technology Center for Children, two amphitheaters, an Observation tower, an arts and Exhibition building and a lake. The Antalya 2016 Expo opened April 23. 35,705 people visited it on the first day.
The iconic Expo tower
Children showing their flowers after the workshop
“Childrens Village” on the Expo site
Antalya, with its sun and warm weather 10 months of the year, is a popular tourist site in Turkey and boasts many historic sites, special museums, and beautiful beaches. Antalya is looking forward to welcoming its 8 million visitors with special tours, programs and special, low hotel prices.
In addition to the Expo, of special interest to visitors is the Kaleici, or Old City, in Antalya and many nearby historical sites: the theater at Aspendos, Side with its extraordinary Greek and Roman ruins, the Manavgat, Duden and Kursunlu Waterfalls, the ancient city of Thermessos, Demre, where St Nicholas lived, and Myra with its tombs carved in the cliffs. There’s also Kekova, a sunken city with ruins to explore by boat.
Myra, Demre, Antalya
Apollo Temple, Side, Antalya
Aspendos Theater, Antalya
For an even more nature themed event, this one in Istanbul, you might want to check out the Lettuce Festival celebrada en Yedikule, Estambul. Los Yedikule huertos urbanos han existido desde la época bizantina, dotar a la ciudad con verduras frescas y sobre todo la lechuga. Estos jardines, al lado de las paredes de Teodosio y cerca de la fortaleza de Yedikule, son una parte integral del patrimonio urbano y culinaria de Estambul. Es por eso que la ciudad celebra su propio festival de lechuga de mayo de 6-7. Para los interesados y, en Estambul, habrá una charla sobre la historia y el estado actual de los jardines de Yedikule en Salt Galata, de 5-7 pm. Echa un vistazo a los detalles de la guía de Estambul. (http://www.theguideistanbul.com/event/istanbul-lettuce-festival-yedikule)