Turkey and Man Overboard
Trip Start Jun 27, 2005
14Trip End Jul 12, 2005
Turkey was a nice surprise. I'd expected more hot weather, but perhaps because of the mountains ringing the town, it wasn't that bad. Took a shore excursion to the Temple of Artemis (although, with the exception of a couple of pillars, part of the foundation, some loose marble, turtles and storks, it isn't there anymore), St
The legend of Mary apparently has Church sanction. Popes Paul VI and John-Paul II have both traveled there and it is very inspiring. The original home was destroyed in an earthquake, with the exception of the foundation and you can see the difference in color between the original stone and the reconstructed part of the building. It's a small two room, flat-roofed house made out of mud and stones at the top of one of the mountains around Kusadasi (pronounced KOOSH-uh-daz-ee). It was very cool and shady and there was a nice breeze.
Inside the house it is dark and the line moves quickly and quietly. In the second room is a small shrine set up on what is now used as an altar, with a statue and votive candles. Very quickly you are outside again. There's also three fountains that're supposed to bring health, wealth and happiness. You drink at the one which you'd like to benefit from. So of course, everyone was drinking from all three. (My brother tells me that I blew it - the trick is to pick one only.)
The Church has sanctioned it for a few reasons: first, St
Coming down into Kusadasi, we had a rug demonstration at a local rug merchant's store and although I can't afford a rug, at least I know which ones are good quality now. They explained the difference between cotton, wool and silk and showed us the quality of a silk rug. There was a young lady there demonstrating the process of hand weaving and knotting the rugs. They also served us some apple tea and local pastries, which hit the spot. (I'm a firm believer in snacks.) The salesman from the store knew that I couldn't afford to buy anything, but very graciously answered my questions. I took a card - maybe I can send some business their way someday.
The attitude we got from the locals was very friendly
Later that afternoon I found Diane, Ed and Lee in the Windjammer Lounge. We were talking about our excursions, when Peggy came in bursting at the seams. "I have news! There's a chance that someone may have gone overboard!" It was a little hard to wrap my head around that, so she explained that she had questioned the security guard sitting in our hallway, who told her that a young man, an American, age 26 (all true, as it turns out) had gone overboard last night between Mykonos and Turkey. So much for confidentiality - Royal Caribbean security really bungled this one. He also told her (not true) that he and his girlfriend has just gotten married that day.
The security guard was still sitting in front of the cabin (whose door was now closed) when we went down to dinner that evening, so we figured something must be going on.
Changing the subject, Peg and I went to the movies that night, seeing "Wimbledon." Very cute.