WE are on a cruse so I won’t be able to post everyday since i have to wait to get off the boat and find and internet cafe. But your childern are safe and having a blast! pictures will be come soon.
Selcuk, Ephesus & Kusadasi: Day 6
It was an early morning; some of us girls decided to skip breakfast for a little more shut eye but made it on the bus in time. We headed to the House of the Virgin Mary, which was not her original house but it is still religiously considered hers. We could not take pictures inside the house but we could buy souvenirs that looked like it. On the walls of the house were gifts the popes gave to the house. There was also flowers, a golden altar cloth, and candles around the house. As we exited there was a wall of wishes; people could write wishes or prayers on bits of paper. They were wrapped up and tied to the strings, there must have been thousands. After a brief bus ride we arrived at Ephesus, an old Roman sight which was run by the Turks and the Greeks, but ruled by the Romans. We walked past where the men would do political meetings, the baths, the bathrooms, the library, the marketplace, then the theater. Our group enjoyed listening to the stories of the old bathrooms. They would sit on the pot and when they were done they would use the brush to clean their behind, then wash it in the clean running water on the floor then put it back for the next person. The sight I enjoyed the most was the theater. The acoustics were very nice when people would sing from the bottom. The scenery around the site was amazing. After the tour we headed to lunch at Tuscan, were most of the people had the buffet. After lunch we headed to the Ephesus Museum that had artifacts found at the Ephesus sites. There we left to the leather export shop called Populer. When we arrived they served us hot tea and did a fashion show of their clothing line. After everyone fell in love with something they had in their show room we left for the hotel. Once at the hotel we had free time and dinner. Everyone is now in bed and packed for tomorrow’s cruise.
Pergamon & Canakkale: Day 5
We had an early breakfast at 6:30 and we had to be on the bus at eight to visit Pergamon. When we arrived we had to take a cable car to the top of the hill where vendors shouted “Cheaper than Wal-Mart, better then Target!” We then walked to the acropolis where Damla explained the mythologies of the place and what each building represented. We walked around the ancient ruins. Dr. Riggs, Tim, Karen, Lacey, and I walked down the steep theater stairs, where we could see the authentic seats that still had the marble on them. They same way we went down we had to climb up—probably the steepest hike of the trip, we were all out of breath by the time we got back. We then headed down to Zeus’s ‘house’, but only the foundation because a museum in Germany has the rest of the pieces. We left the acropolis and hopped on the bus to head to lunch. At lunch our group mostly bought the skewers of meat (shishkabobs) with rice and salad. On the table they provided flat bread, cheese, and butter, which was gone in seconds. After lunch we headed outside Canakkale to a rug factory where they made authentic rugs by hand. We walked in and saw the women working on silk, wool, and cotton rugs. The salesman, Simon, took us into the show room, gave us drinks, and began explaining the quality and how to tell if it is quality material. After his lecture we got to explore the prices. The rugs were out of the price rang of a college student’s budget and only a few people bought a rug. One thing we loved about the place was that it had beautiful flowers around the building. As our trip to the factory came to a close it started to pour and we climbed on the bus to head to our hotel, Atinc. After the long bus ride we had free time in the city. At night you could hear the local bands playing on the stage by the shore line. Most of our group walked around the new city. At the end of the night we were all safe and cozy in our new beds.