Its a Man's World......

Trip Start Jul 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 24, 2012

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

One of the first things you notice when traveling in this part of the world...there are a whole lot of men. Its not that there are all men that reside in Turkey and many countries that surround it. There's plenty of women here, you just don't see them very much. Its that Men are the prominent work force. They work in the restaurants, they work in the shops, they do all the jobs that are the front of the house, and they are the ones selling to you, waiting on you, and almost never see a woman in any such position.My friend Maureen and I noticed the very same thing while we were in Cairo, Egypt a few years ago,,,,Its a Mans World..... Its a interesting topic to discuss how one feels about this. In some ways , in such tradition ,  a women then has the opportunity to stay home, take care and raise a family while the man works, and supports the family. It seems that women, at least I'm speaking for myself, that it seems  we really aren't treated much like women any more.
 Its rarely that we get doors opened for us, complimented, offered a seat on a crowded bus or train? Ha, I cant remember the last time that has ever happened to me. And to be treated like a lady as the term goes,,,,has really fallen aside in our  society back home in the states.Chivalry seems to be cast aside these days.  We did sort of ask for this equality, and we sure got it!
But that was our choice, I'm not sure if the women here have a choice in the matter, but maybe they are just fine with it. I know a few of my friends that would be perfectly content staying at home, and having their husbands work and provide for them allowing them more time to do , whatever they want! But I don't think the guys would be too thrilled if you weren't at least keeping the house in order and a hot meal when they get home after a hard day of  them out working. So, it really depends on your thoughts on the matter, and if you want tradition, it works both ways.
So today my mom and I went on a cruise down The Famous Bosphorus which is a 17 mile river that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. One side of the sea is Europe, the other side is Asia. We decided to take the local ferry that was a large boat which for me is the favorite choice since I have been known to get a little sea sick from time to time,,,,do agree Sara? :)
The cruise was really nice, especially since Mom and I scored some great seats outside on the deck in the shade with a great view, and a awesome breeze. Its hot here,,,,really hot. Its Europe in the summer, and its typically really this warm this time of year. The Cruise took us to the small town of Anadolu Kavagi, a small fishing village at the entrance of the Black Sea. It was quaint and a perfect spot to get off for a few hours and explore before heading back to the city of Istanbul. The town is known for its fresh seafood, mainly fresh mussels ( yum!) that are caught in local waters. The town is also known for a castle that overlooks the town, which means its on a top of a hill,,,,,most castles are! Which means, you have to hike and walk, uphill to get there. I love to hike, not so crazy about hiking in 90 degree weather, and my mom , who is the biggest trooper of them all, and seriously inspired many as she kept going and made it all the way to the top of that hill and didn't complain once, She is amazing.!
We rewarded ourselves with some lemonade at a cafe with a view by the top, and then an amazing seafood lunch after our hike at a cafe along the water. We dined on grilled sea bass and grilled mussels as well, if you have never had grilled mussels, they are incredible!
Another great day in this fascinating city.
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Iris on

Hi Beth,
Thanks for sharing your great experiences again! It's so nice that you are able to do this trip with your mom, she really does seem like a trouper! We just took a trip with my parents to Mallorca which was really nice as well. Istanbul is an amazing city. I met Brent in Turkey in 1984 and we spent 3 weeks and we have not been back since. I am receiving your blog as we are traveling in Poland which is quite beautiful.
Keep me posted on your adventure, it's always great to hear from you!
Have fun! Iris

elizacass on

Thanks for your kind compliments Iris, and for following along on my travels! You defenitely are one who always beats me out on having checked out all these amazing locations far ahead of me and everyone else. You were there when it was still unknown and really still off the beaten path. Poland sounds like a great place to venture as well! Im so glad to hear that you are still enjoying your much deserved summer off and traveling! Always great to hear from you :)

Sarah on

The trip sounds great! The town is so cute and the fresh seafood sounds wonderful. You take such great pictures! I am so proud of Grandma! She is doing great! xoxo

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