Hotel Izmir Palas
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... War the site was abandoned and someone probably came and took her hands which were covered in gold and left the statue. It is a short visit to see the house but it is very interesting. Our tour guide did a great job of explaining that we really can't be certain it was her house but based on all the written records we have you can make a case for her having lived there. Next we went on a short drive back down the hillside to the ancient city ...
... saw a collesium and an impressive amphitheater. We saw the collesium first and Oscar explained to us that the city council used that collesium for meetings. Afterwards, we moved on and saw some Roman toilets and the amphitheater. The amphitheater is vast and could hold up to 2,000 people at it's peak. While there, we set up our music equipment and sang a concert.
We sang "Uskudar" and it sounded strong from my position. I was standing on the far left beside the instrumentalists. ...
... actually really good. I got a scoop of pistachio ice cream, which was a bit surprising because it had bits of crushed-up pistachio in it, which is not something that normally happens in the US. It was also a lot thicker than ice cream in the US, which I liked. We briefly met the young son of the owners, who is absolutely adorable. We sang "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" for them when we were done. In all, today was ...
... near the Golden Horn advised me against having a nose ring, saying it could affect my sense of smell. Thanks for the advice mate.
A very brisk morning greeted us as we boarded to bus to Gallipoli. This bus ride would take over four hours (which felt longer), as we had so many unnecessary stops.
Once there, the six people from our bus, joined up with other people for our tour of Gallipoli. But before we headed out I the battlefields, we all enjoyed ...
... and here she and Stan are sharing her fan.
All kidding (and whining) aside, this was a great visit! I haven't even talked about the ruins of the theater or the Martyrium of St Philip. Amazing sites, amazing history, amazing country.
Back on the bus...heading to Izmir (Smyrna), the home of Homer and Turkey's 3rd largest city with a population of 3+ million residents. Until tomorrow...