It is supposed to be winter now in Turkey, but Adana is always warm! We had our morning coffees on the balcony, under the warm sunlight. That was a feeling that I haven’t had for a long time in Sweden, not even during summers.
Today’s first destination was visiting the Tarsus waterfall. It is a district in the Mersin province which is an hour’s drive away from Adana. The roads were very familiar to me since I used to travel on the same roads with my family when I was little, while we were going from my home town to our summer house. We stopped at a gas station on the way and got out of the car to stretch our legs. Meanwhile I noticed that the back yard of the station was full of clementine trees! There are a lot of clementine and orange trees in that region, but I wasn’t expecting to see them at the gas station. I picked a few of them and ate them on the way. They were a bit sour, but very delicious!
The waterfall of Tarsus was very beautiful with the winter sun. It was constructed by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD) by directing the 142 km long Berdan River to prevent the city from flooding. It was the best time of the day to enjoy an afternoon tea with the waterfall view.
There was one important thing left to do in Adana, which was drinking banana milk at Kazım Büfe. Although we were very full after the dinner, Baris and I took a walk in the city and stopped by this legendary place to drink our banana milk. It is a small shop where you buy some juice, milk and simple food on the way. The front of the shop is always crowded. It was the most delicious banana milk ever!
We spent two lovely days in Adana. It was of course not enough, but it was a good introduction for me. They say spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Adana, because it is burning hot in summer. Although it was December when we visited, we didn’t need a jacket most of the time when we went out, so I cannot imagine how it would be in summer. Maybe I’ll try it someday!