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... to finish packing and get ourselves organised for our 11am bus today.
We head upstairs to check out and Aaron doesn't remember where he put the passports so he tells me he will meet me upstairs whilst he grabs them out. I head upstairs to hand the key in and check out. One of the ladies who works at the hotel smiles and says “check out?” and I say “yes please” and continue to wait there for Aaron holding the key in my hand. The grumpy old ...
... will have to wait until Seljuk translates for me to find out my future.
But later, disaster. My back cramps up. Now I am worried. I need my back, my legs, my feet for the rest of the trip. I do as many stretching exercises as I can stand, and continue reading Birds Without Wings until almost midnight.
Thu 22 May Izmir
While most of the group takes the optional tour to Pergammum (more Roman ruins), some of the ladies ...
... high traffic of merchants, sailors, and explorers to the city could have made it a central hub for the breeding of illness and disease. To prevent this the ancient Ephesians built an elaborate bath house. Before allowing travelers entry into the city they were inspected, bathed, and disinfected by attendants working in the bath. This is considered to be the one of the origins of the famous Turkish baths we know of today. Our last stop within he city of ...
... So that was another fantastic morning’s sightseeing, this is such an interesting country, so full of history.
The drive to Izmir was about four hours but we had long stop and a short one. One was another visit to a cuzzy’s shop, leather goods, but actually it ended up being surprisingly good. The history here goes back to the third century BC when they made parchment here out of the skin of unborn lambs, paper came later. Turkey ...
... America, who at least pretend they know what's going on and everything is fine, even if they can't do anything about it. The Pegasus ground crew looked frantic and terrified when we had to change gates... It was very unnerving. So far, Izmir has been interesting. We haven't had enough time to take it all in. Everyone said that it was a bit more modern and progressive, as far as Turkish cities go. So far, that's ...