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... friends. So today we were supposed to stop in Lesbos. But that island was cancelled due to all of the Syrian migration issues occurring in this area (we haven't seen anything in any of the ports we have visited). Instead we were supposed to go to Mykonos. But upon approach, the seas were so rough and winds so strong, the Captain cancelled that port. So we have a much needed day at sea and tomorrow will be in Kusadasi, Turkey for ancient Ephesus and our cooking ...
... honor that technique with a day of faux selfies. We started at the Hagia Sophia, followed that with a little Topkopia Palace, and enjoyed a pizza / pasta lunch overlooking the Blue Mosque, before heading to the Blue Mosque itself. We navigated through the parade of carpet, leather and boat trip salespeople to the visitor entrance. Despite being told twice that the mosque was closed for prayers (as if we'll say, "oh, it's closed, then maybe we'll buy some carpets") ...
... to tell me and then repeated it to her. He knows his numbers, some of the animals and a few greetings. He is quite the star wherever he goes. He gets his cheeks pinched, his hair tosseled and sometimes kissed by both men and women. They tell us he is beautiful. He seems to take it all in stride.
On our first leg we flew to Konya and when we were getting on the plane, Steve began talking to a young man from ...
... lost, but didn't care. Back to the hotel, up to the lovely rooftop terrace and knocked back my first Turkish lager (much prefer the Asian beers). The dozens of mosques in the neighbourhood started their call to prayer at 4.15pm. Now I don't know if any of you have been to a Muslim country before, but the call to prayer is hypnotic and beautiful to listen to. Hmm.....maybe I should ask the bar tender to turn off the radio....Justin Timberlake just doesn't mix with the ambient ...
... the Mosaic Museum, which fortunately lay around the corner from the hostel. This was the floor of the 4th-century Grand Palace, discovered and carefully restored in the 20th. Whilst Bronagh sensibly sought an Internet café for such trivialities as money/communication with loved ones, I grew ever more feverish in reverie of Rhomania, culminating when, in the tranquil mid-morning light, the sounds of the metropolis muffled, out ...