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2nd may 2014
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We made our way back to the railway station we had arrived at in Izmir to catch our sleeper train to Eskisehir. Fortunately, David decided to check at the ticket window about our train, only to find out we had to go to a different station.
The taxi driver didn't seem to understand where we wanted to go and kept talking about taking us to a hotel - probably owned by his brother, uncle or cousin, ...
Well, crossing into Turkey was our first border crossing for a while, since leaving UK in fact. We had forgotten how tiresome border crossing could be.
When entering Turkey, we had to organise insurance for Oscar, as well as a Vignette for the Motorways, but they are sneaky because when leaving Bulgaria, you go past signs for Duty Free and because you don't want any Duty Free, you ignore them and head straight to the Turkish border. We were stamped into ...
... 5 minutes, well maybe 10, to centre the clay and throw 2 pots and start on a third. They sell most of their bisque fired pots to customers to paint and resell.
Back to the hotel and then off to find lunch. We ended up at another old restored wooden house that has been turned into a restaurant.
Next it was down the street to visit the workshop and shop of Mehmet Gürsoy, a 2010 UNESCO Living Human Treasure. He does beautiful work on high quality ceramics. He was working ...
... Museum. It holds artifacts dated from 11 different periods as well as items unearthed in the excavation of mounds near here. The pottery which they found interested me the most.
Next we took a cab up to the fortress above the town. The views of the town were all around you. We stopped for tea in the the revolving restaurant at the very highest point. For some reason you could really feel this restaurant rotating and it affected us. But the views ...
Today we headed for Kütahya. We took a taxi, 2 Mini buses, a shuttle, an Autobus and another taxi to get here- all within 4 hours. Pretty good!
Our original plan had been to stop a Bilecik. We found however that it was mostly a manufacturing town. There were huge porcelain factory, many large marble quarries in the side of mountains and an aluminum plant. Then just further down the road at Inönü there was a large Ford plant and a very large ceramics ...