Elkep Evi Cave Houses
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... another UNESCO recognised site, for its ancient churches/ chapels with frescos and other community and religious rooms. If only the sun was not quite so fierce, we could have been a little more energetic. We did visit the Turkish Albert Einstein's workshop , a master of Ceramics where beautiful pottery is made. Amazingly we resisted the temptations placed in front of us. ...
... were a bit like a giant Lake District (for the English). But it went on and on and on. We did try to find one site on route, a Japanese gardens, of all things, built by the Japanese archaeological team working on a site. We failed to find it and had a lesson that unless we know where we are going it's very tricky if you don't speak Turkish and you're in the middle of nowhere.
Having abandoned the search ...
... was waiting for us. She was super kind and upgraded us to a suite and ordered dinner from a nearby restaurant. The kids loved the 'cave house’ and although I thought they’d be tired from the long travel day, they were actually all wound up and it took me a while to get them settled in… I needed Zach at least to get to bed early because we were going to attempt a hot air balloon ride in the morning and had to be up at the crack of dawn.
... Greek, opens to a research department of the university. We visited the site of Roman ruins in a farmer's field at Sobessos. The farmer found a pillar while tilling the soil in his field in 2002. The authorities ignored it when he reported it! When he next found mosaics they did react, but unfortunately money funding the excavation has run out for the present. We could see the bath house, even the heating stones, and a large meeting room and grave ...
... whole thing. Cindy fell asleep. I vacillated back and forth between being really impressed, and having to remind myself not to giggle; they are really impressive, and at the same time pretty silly looking to the uninitiated.
Interlude the second – a note on harems.
Elsewhere in these pages my wife has documented our visit to the harem of Topkapi Palace. In her description, she erroneously makes the claim that "Harem does not mean roomful ...