There's a fairly stark contrast between Istanbul and Antalya, 20 degrees warmer and about 14 million fewer people. Istanbul is dense and that's putting it lightly. Suffice to say we're enjoying this more laid back portion of our journey. Antalya is a port city on the mediterranean, about 600k from Istanbul, perched on rocky cliffs above the turquoise sea. Aside the usual citrus and palms, there's pomegranates, banana trees, and sweet hibiscus flowers. Exotic describes this place quite well.