Trip Start Mar 26, 2011
36Trip End May 01, 2011
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Where I stayed
Arkol Renaissance Boutique Hotel
Today was a tour day. First we went to Harran which is close to the Syrian border....the closest we will get. We visited a village with conical houses....a heritage site where the village people let us into their houses and we could see what the rooms looked like, some traditional tools were hung on the walls. They also had traditional clothes and scarves for sale as well as jewelry. I bought a purple-tinted scarf because they wrapped it around my head and it was hard to refuse...plus, I like scarves. And then I bought what they said was a handmade agate necklace...the kind they would wear to a party. We enjoyed looking at their traditional dresses with glittering appliques and their colorful purple head scarves. These particular houses were more like shops than homes but it was fun to visit them anyway.
After our visit to the houses, we visited the medrassah site that had part of a minaret still standing as well as some walls
After we got back to the hotel, we had some time to "freshen" up. I decided to upload my photos ... at least those on the sd card I finished on my SLR. I managed to finish that and eat some of my acquired food supplies for lunch
After the castle, Kamil took us to the Roman mosaics just uncovered 4 years ago. It was so exciting to walk on the walkways above the mosaics as workmen were working on them. Some sections were missing but it was incredible to see some parts so perfect. There were figures of people - Odysseus was depicted --- as well as various recognizable animals. There was one large mosaic with an African theme and the border was very similar to African fabric designs that I have seen.
After the mosaics, our group split up. Erwin led Catherine and me to the market before going off on his own. Catherine and I tried to find the craftsmen she had previously seen and succeeded. It is always hard to manage photographing people in these situations. Some of the men didn't seem to mind but at the end of our tour, some men were gesticulating rather angrily but stopped when they saw I was only taking photos of the bags of spices
At some point we realized we needed to head back in time for dinner. We only had to ask directions once and made it back quite easily. Again in a short time, we were off to our respective dinners. I joined most of the others to go to a restaurant Tom & Pam had discovered. It had live music with singers. The meal didn't go off completely without incident since main courses came before starters and were sent back, only to come back lukewarm after the starters had been eaten. I had pomegrante juice which is a specialty here and very enjoyable. After dinner, we briefly went to a bar and had beer or raki and the pub people showed us a video on a local archeological site that goes back 9000 years. We all hope that we can get to see it on our way out tomorrow.
It will be a relatively early start and I still have to pack up. I am leaving that until tomorrow am so I had better get to bed NOW.