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... civilization where ruins now reside such as the theatre, the Library of Celcius, and the large columns that are still standing throughout. Near the end of our tour of Ephesus was the stop at the open-air amphitheater. We got on down to the bottom and began setting up for an impromptu concert in one of the most historic amphitheater in the area. We sang through almost our entire lineup of songs for the people passing by and those who sat down for a while. It was ...
... am trying to pick those that enable you to see and experience the trip through our eyes. So back to today. We were only scheduled to arrive in Izmir (used to be known as Smyrne in Bible times) late in the morning. Keith is fighting off a cold and Giva was looking a bit ragged around the edges, so I made the executive decision that we would make a slow start and order room service breakfast (no charge for a continental breakfast). This proved to be a good option as we ...
... at 6.30am and was met by a brisk 3 degree temperate. The locals say it crept down to -3 overnight and that there was snow about, as we were 1200metres above sea level (cheers everyone that told me Turkey would be warm).
None the less, when I got there, I booked my overnight bus to Istanbul (yes I know, what was I thinking, two in two nights, but I had no choice if I wanted to see everything). To get away from the cold, I took refuge in a local cafe and had breakfast ...
Flew from Izmir to Athens today on Pegasus Airlines. They have a very funny airplane safety video that they play at the start of each flight. I tried to add the link to this blog but can't do it with the iPad......will try when we get home. Super easy 40 minute flight over the Aegean. Caroline had her iPhone on " map my photo" from Izmir and we were able to identify a lot of the larger Greek islands as we flew over them. We landed ...
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We also went to a carpet factory to see the traditional way of making silk and wool carpets. I know. sounds dull - it was actually so interesting and amazingly entertaining. Didn't buy a silk carpet though. A small rug was about $7000 and went up in price to $30,000. We were allowed to rub our feet on them though - so soft - that was pretty good!
A great day.