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Hatay, Explored Further

Published
July 9, 2018

This is the second of my two blog posts on Hatay. Here, I talk about the old town of Antakya (Antioch) and its heritage, including the remarkable Moses Tree and a historic mosque. I discuss the Green Man, Hızır, who is said to have accompanied Moses, and how we visited the waterfall where the nymph Daphne is supposed to have been turned into a laurel tree to escape the pursuit of Apollo. We also travel up the coast, where the sun sets into the Mediterranean, from Samandağ to Iskenderun.

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July 1, 2018

Homestay in Hatay

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June 21, 2018

Istanbul Revisited (with another me-too moment in my accommodation)

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May 27, 2018

Batons for the Beasts? A Nepalese Safari in Chitwan National Park (Part Two)

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May 24, 2018

Batons for the Beasts? A Nepalese Safari in Chitwan National Park (Part One)

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May 18, 2018

Mad Mountaineering Guides: Time for another me-too movement? (Part Four)

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May 15, 2018

Mad Mountaineering Guides: Time for another me-too movement? (Part Three)

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A Maverick Inuit Way and the Vikings

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A Maverick Australian Way

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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