|A basic map of the area.|
|The river that runs through the city.|
|Inside the museum|
|One of the many mosaics|
|Charity, blending in with the artifacts|
|Me... connecting with my inner goddess|
The church itself was breath-taking. The entrance and several bits of the interior were constructed at the time of the Crusades and the church itself was a cave church thought to have been founded by Luke, even though historians etc believe that Peter and Paul may have preached there. It's name comes from when Peter was there. It's currently under the care of an order of Capuchin monks that still operate in the Antakya region. In fact several different denominations still maintain churches in the area and there seems to be peace and harmony between Christians and Muslims in the area. It was a thing of beauty to see.
|The view from St. Peter's|
|Me, at the entrance.|
|Looking back to the entrance|
|looking out to the hills to the side of St. Peter's|
After viewing the church and museum, having a lovely lunch, wandering through the bazaar and streets, we headed back to the hotel for a little break before grabbing some dinner at the same restaurant where the man popped out to help us hours earlier. We also booked our bus to go back to the airport for the early morning. Our dinner was delicious and then we thought we'd take a walk to find the exact spot the bus was meant to pick us up (it was supposed to be about 100 metres from our hotel, near a coffee shop). We went there and a man told us it was on the other side of the shop, so we went there and there were no signs, so we walked the round-about looking for the signs for the bus (we had been told that there would be a sign) and found nothing. We found another person who pointed us in another direction and told us it was 100 metres that way... no sign, so we asked at taxi driver who gave us another location. Then after we went back to the hotel we double checked with our desk clerks to be told it was really at the original location 100 metres from the hotel (and they were right!!). Needless to say, we needed sleep because the mere mention of 100 metres made us giggle.
|the best restaurant|