Who shall have a fishy?

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
Trip End Oct 24, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Monday, October 4, 2010

A very early start on a beautiful day – but it meant that we beat the worst of the crowds at Ephesus … and the heat. Our guide gave us a lot of information about Kusadasi and Turkey, as well as explaining what we were seeing in Ephesus. Of course, the library was the highlight for me (and most of the visitors), and one intriguing detail was the tunnel built from under the library, across the road right to the brothel! This was so husbands could send their wives off to the nearby shops with a wad of money, claiming to be 'studying' at the library while they waited for their partners to return.

We sampled warm apple tea (Philip had Turkish coffee) while we watched a carpet demonstration, then we hit the bazaar shops. They were great fun. Philip was like a pig in mud, and enjoyed bargaining and bantering with the vendors. We went to a little jewellery shop – a husband and wife team – and bought a few little trinkets, but it took us about 30 minutes, and we ended up making friends with the couple. We went to another shop – but the guy was a bit surly, so we didn’t stay long and just bought a couple of things. But the last shop we went into, we got some great bargains and used up all our cash! The couple in this shop were also lovely people, and we ended up talking with them about Turkey, New Zealand, the Christchurch earthquake and had a joke or two and shook hands goodbye.

We had to go back to the ship to get some more money, as we had decided we wanted to eat Turkish for lunch. We found a restaurant we liked the look of, and after browsing the menu took the waiter’s advice and went to choose our food. We chose: some calamari, some shrimps, some spreads/dips, some salad and a very fresh small grouper. Our fish/seafood was weighed and a price agreed then we sat down and waited. First off: some crusty fresh bread, our dips and salad, then came the first of the calamari fried in a tempura-like batter, then the garlic shrimps, then the freshly grilled calamari, then the piece de resistance – the grouper. It tasted like it had been semi filleted, rubbed with salt and grilled on a smoky barbecue plate. It was probably (I have to be careful here), the best fish I’ve ever eaten. The whole meal was up there with the best.

Philip hadn’t had enough of the shops, so he went back for more bargains, and Trish and I went for a walk along the promenade. It was very hot, and there were lots of people fishing, swimming, walking, eating and drinking. It was all very Mediterranean, from the palm trees to the yachts, and very, very beautiful.
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