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... stayed for a little while but there was more to see of course and we had to keep going to the next stop, the necropolis or ancient cemetery. We took a little back path, the first part was big flat stones and as Pete said, imagine how many people have taken this path carrying bodies for burial. We did a wee bit of off-roading, and I’m sure if we were the Baum fields we would have found several caches today, but dammit, we didn’t have our GPS!
Another short walk from the ship to the port gates and the city is right there. The locals at the gate were more aggressive about selling taxi and bus tours but we just wanted to walk along the park-like boulevard along the water front. We did find out that the hop on/hop off bus was 10 euro each. The men size you up to decide what nationality you are so what language to speak to you in. At other ports they have go it right with english but here Jim was ...
... goes into these rugs is mind blowing. Watching how the silk is gathered from the silkworm cocoons is also very interesting you wonder how somebody actually thought of this process. From here we went to a traditional Turkish pancake house or lunch very nice. The onto the house of Virgin Mary what a beautiful serene spot. Said a couple of prayers lit a candle for dad drank some holy water and left a message on the wishing wall. Back to our hotel early today for ...
... last time together. Dinner was spectacular, as the food in Izmir had proven thus far to be - fantastic salads and eggplant dishes as appetizers with a choice of sea brill or sea bass for dinner. Tom and Kerrin, the two Teaching Assistants for the course, had prepared paper plate awards for the group and made their presentation after everyone had eaten their fill. This proved to be a hit; a semi-serious recognition of everyone's individual contribution to the trip and ...
... views we've seen since we got to Turkey. The entire city, lighting up in the failing light and softly roaring at this distance, spread out before us. The Aegean disappeared into the horizon. Satisfied with the day, we climbed down the walls, hopped a bus and headed back to the waterfront as fast as possible, as the neighborhood the castle lies in is a little shady.
The next day was altogether exhausting. We took an early, hour long train ride to nearby ...
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