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... to crawl through some. In saying that, they were incredible and started the day off perfectly.
Next stop was Ihlara Vadisi, the longest canyon in Turkey, stretching 14km in length. This caused a wind tunnel and made it nearly unbearably cold. But we presided for a couple of kilometers down the valley, passing the Agacalti Church, pigeon houses in the mountain walls and little Turkish huts in the river, before arriving at our lunch destination.
Here I enjoyed a superb ...
... but is now the third largest city in Turkey, with a population of nearly three million. It has a wonderful harbor, and we enjoyed watching the boats from the window of our hotel room.
In the afternoon we went to see some of the ruins of its earlier days. We began at the top: the acropolis of ancient Smyrna, known now as Kadifekale. The ...
... however a ferry decided to make a dash across our stern which delayed our departure and allowed the lost chickens to return to the coup. Today was a half day in port as this afternoon we cruise to Istanbul (tomorrow’s port of call) which involves going through the Dardanelles strait at Gallipoli where we will have to slow from our normal 18knts.
We visited the ancient ruins of the city of Ephesus ...
... I could have pay him more but his work wasn't too good - if I was cleaning my shoes this way while I was in the army I would be spending every evening doing penalty push-ups.
About the pocket knife - this was a true bargaining and valuable experience. Due to the fact I have forgotten my knife in Greece I was searching for another one and there it was. Many types, 20liras each, but a bit too big as for my pocket.
- "No problem my friend! Wait here!"
And after ...
Well, we made it to Izmir, but for a while we didn't think it was going to happen.
Let me take you through it one bit at a time. So get yourself a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit or two, get comfy and let's begin.
Wednesday 25th started like every other working day. Up at 6.30am and out by 8am. By 8.40am I was teaching and Lisa was working. 4pm comes round and here's were normal Wednesday starts to change. Lisa picks me up early ...