Anemon Izmir Hotel
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Today was a very nice day. We got up and went to the Istanbul Airport to fly to Izmir. It was only an hour flight so it wasn't too bad. I did sleep the entire way though. But once we got there Oscar meet back up with us and it was a relaxing and loose day. We still saw some amazing things. Oscar gave us some interesting facts about Izmir. I learned …
So I had a Catholic moment of awe today. We first went to the house of the Virgin Mary. The house has not been confirmed by the church but has been visited by Popes and is run by priests and nuns. It is believed to be the home of the Virgin Mary after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. There was a church where pictures were not permitted …
... it must have been massive. It was trading hub like perhaps Singapore or Amsterdam is now. It was the centre of the ‘Mother Culture’ because of being supposedly the goddess Artemis’s birthplace so it was sort of pilgrimage destination. And it was the centre of state, the capital of Asia Minor containing the Roman garrison.
Currently there are 11 different missions excavating the site and we could only see about 15% of it over ...
... in German. They usually address him since the man makes the decisions (little do they know).
I had taken a 50 euro note thinking that I would change it in a bank for Turkish Lira (TL) but to change it I needed my passport, which the ship is holding. I hadn't thought to bring my Visa debit card to get cash from a machine so that was safely in the cabin safe. So it was just a walk and photos.
The streets were very clean and no one asked us to ...
... language barriers, a mixture of a social setting, summer and alcohol provided enough social lubrication. It was truly fascinating and enjoyable speaking to young Turkish people and discussing the ways in which we live, grow up etc. It was interesting to hear how many faced similar and somewhat restricted expectations from parents regarding jobs, marriage etc. and comparing that to Australian youth who go out, slut about, abort foetuses willy-nilly, ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services