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... and showed me many awards his shop has won and talked about competitions that he wants to go to. He also said one of his goals was to have President Obama come and get ice cream from his shop. After that we drove back to Izmir to our hotel called Anemon. This hotel is very nice. For dinner we had chicken and rice with bread of course, on the roof top that overlooked the city lights of ...
... it’s quieter, more shade, but they are allocated ticket times and that’s that. His archaeology was so important to this visit, he really made the site come alive for everyone.
Ephesus was the most crowded city in the ancient world according to Hadrian’s census in the 2nd century with 190,000, Rome had 160,000 – and this was just counting men, not women, children or slaves, so you would multiply that by maybe ...
... There was a massive language barrier, but I got 3 sentences into a conversation in German, until I realised ‘ich nicht sprechen Deutsch’. However, we started some bizarre pan-continental sing-along where we all started singing Micky J’s ‘Thriller’, some ‘Karma Chameleon’ and then Leana, Bianca and I started singing Australian songs. We got some way into ‘Waltzing Matilda’ before ballsing it up. Once ...
... the big rule of travel: if you see something you really like, buy it or else you will never see it again. Ever. It's the Murphy's law of travel. Knowing the Turkish Lira to the US dollar is a good deal for us, today was a preplanned shopping day. Kamie finally got in the mood and the shopping commenced! We get some Lira from an ATM. At first, we sorta screwed-up.. not knowing how to bargain or understanding the price structure very well... but then we finally ...
... to the underground area. A water channel runs the length of one of the galleries and was used to distribute water coming to the agora. We spotted water droplets coming out of a spout from a stone pedestal with the words "SMYRNA Agora" engraved on the stone. Above this was a sign "NO DRINKING" in English and Turkish. We astutely divined that these markings came much later than the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine (Early and Late) and the Ottoman era, perhaps even to ...
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