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... the buffet.
We arrived in Kusadasi in time for a really generous buffet dinner with loads of baklava options for dessert. Turns out this Hotel is owned by an incredibly famous Turkish singer who, for some reason was shot in the head. he now lives at the hotel and there is an area in the garden where he sits every day and watches the flat screen TV that is mounted to a tree in the ...
Our new plan - head back to town to the beach and swim in the Aegean Sea and spend the last of our Turkish Lyra.
After a quick dip with the locals we headed back to the bazaar where we haggled for a blue paisley pashmina and some 'bloody flip flops' . The shoe salesman who convinced Chris to invest in some 'bloody flip ...
... owners were a young couple with a two year old daughter. The girls spent hours playing with Magnolia! It was a nice change for them.
We spent one full day exploring the ruins of Ephesus and the surrounding countryside. We started by visiting a small first century chapel that some believe was the final home of Mary, mother of Jesus. It was a very quaint little chapel up in the hills near ...
... non fishing boats! On the boat, we visited three islands off the coast of Çesme and got to swim and snorkel. The crew prepared a fabulous lunch and it was a beautiful day. This is definitely big business in Çesme. There are several boats that line the pier offering day boat trips to Çesme's outlying islands. Each is basically the same: visit 3-5 islands, lunch included.- the same lunch actually- grilled fish or chicken, salad and pasta. Most of ...
... we were the only customers, and dined on fresh grilled sea bass. Yummy! I impressed our companions, Harriet and Sy, with my fish de-boning techniques, I think. I learned the technique when I lived in Amsterdam in 1970.
We tried to do some shopping at the bazaar when we got back to Kusadasi, but we were so glassy-eyed that we soon stumbled back to the ship which was nearby, stopping on the way for a walnut gelato. (Yea! We're back in gelato country!)