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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, ...
... any problem, but then when they wanted to stamp the car through, they asked for the Insurance papers. "But we haven’t seen anywhere to buy insurance. Where do we get it? we asked. “Free Shop" was the response – which turns out to be the Duty Free shop behind us.
So we had to park the car and walk back into the Duty Free Shopping Area. And this is where it gets tricky. There was a big barrier down the middle of the Duty Free shopping ...
Our plan this morning was to go to the Ceramic Market. We got a cab and in Sue's discussion with the driver, found out the Ceramic Market was retail only and the workshops were located in a different area. So off we went so see the workshops. We toured a ceramic studio where the items are made by pouring molds. They have 14 painters working in the studio and another 20 who work from home. Each piece was hand painted and the artists have the freedom to be creative with the designs.
... The hostess was helpful, so full of energy and gave us a tour of the house before taking us into a small private dining room for our lunch.
Next stop the Kossuth Museum, also known as the Hungarian Mansion. Lajos Kossuth, one of the leaders of the Hungarian War of Indepence, and his family were guests in this house between 1850 and 1851. He prepared the draft of the Hungarian Constitution here.
Then back to the hotel to rest before a light ...
... On our way down to our hotel we found a geology museum which is housed in an old Hamami. The building was beautiful, some of the artifacts from the Hamam still in place. In the museum there was an interesting display of the process of making china dishes from porcelain - from the stone to the beautiful finished dishes of KŁtahya Porcelain. Too bad all the signs were in Turkish. The building had great acoustics, Liz and Doug were singing and it sounded ...