Hisar Altinel Hotel
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... is beautiful and with a closer look you can read the wishes of the visitors in every language you can imagine. The beauty of nature that surrounded the home as well as the feeling of a sacred space was touching. The wall of wishes gave optimism to the space and hope that those wishes come true. On the way down the mountain from Saint Mary's house there was a nook with a prominent gold statue of Saint Mary. Ephesus was our next stop down from the mountain. This was an ...
You will be relieved to know that todays blog will not be 2650 words long, as was Istanbul and Rome! The difference is today we only went to one place and whilst there was lots to see, its easier to capture in fewer words. We have really enjoyed the comments that are being posted – we read them all and many make us smile or even laugh out loud! I have just not had time to respond to them all or post a reply back – Satellite internet costs 12c per minute on the ...
... for everyone.
- In Izmir, locals just sell white goods and furniture on the streets, just as though they are having a garage sale.
- The quality of coaches here is incredible. And considering the state of the rest of the country, I was blown away. Power points, wifi, TV screen in headrests and good service. It felt like I was on a place to be honest.
- Even the countryside I pass on my bus journeys is incredible.
I arrived ...
... of what Istanbullus are like. But I got a taste of what Istanbul has to offer and enjoyed it. Back to Izmir. Although it is considered a more progressive city, on our afternoon walk, I didn't get the "more progressive" vibe - though Nick pointed out there ARE fewer head scarves. Coming to Izmir drove home how hard it is to get past the tourist/tourism veneer - particularly in a foreign city on the first trip. ...
We had a later start today and didn't leave till 9am for our first stop at the church of St Polycarp. St Polycarp was the first Bishop of the Christian church believed to have been appointed by St John. He was martyred at the age of 86 and his last words are recorded as "I have been faithful for 86 years, why would I deny my Lord now!" This church has the most spectacular frescos covering the whole of the inside walls and ceiling. A 90 minute drive returned us ...