18.09.2014 - 20.09.2014 23 °C
Bus station: The Amasya bus station is at least 5 miles out of town, so if you arrive on a long distance bus you either have to transfer to one of the company 'service' shuttles into town or get a cab, as we did given that we arrived after dark in the evening.
For the return journey we just turned up at the ticket office in town of the company we bought our next trip from and the service shuttle duly arrived in good time for us to catch our coach out of town.
We didn't use any local public transport this time. Though, when we walked up the hill to the Apple Palace (about a 40 minute walk up fairly steep incline), the hotel housekeeper very kindly stopped and gave us a ride when she saw us walking about half way up. We walked all the way down, though.
Language: Nobody seemed to speak any English in Amasya. Even the words 'cash' and 'card' produced blank faces, even in hotels or restaurants. The first time we had come across such a massive language divide.
Tombs: Great to walk up to the Pontic tombs dug into the hillside. But don't expect great health & safety or even a protective fence to stop you falling. This is at-your-own-risk stuff. We made it most of the way up but vertigo got the better of us before we reached the highest point.
Apples: Speciality of the region but we saw none on offer in any restaurant or cafe. Even the Apple Palace hotel didn't have any!
Coffee: Go to Gamasuk on the main street for traditional Turkish coffee in great setting
Tea and evening food: Try the municipal gardens (just along the river from the Clock Tower). Lovely spot for tea and great Turkish pizzas by the river side. Youthful clientele. Bats join you at dusk and might even flutter past your face as you eat. But they never touch, don't worry