Aphrodite and the Miracle of Geyre
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The site was always well known and there are 19th century prints of it
With studied and infuriating one upmanship I explore as much of the site as I can as tour groups scurry by on their busy schedule. But nobody notices! I can be so superior when the mood takes me.I hear one guide say to his group
"We will be here for and hour and a half so you may need the toilets now!"
The ghosts here are most entertaining. I meet a Roman centurion who spent time on Hadrian's wall. We talk about the changes since his time there. He still shivers at the thought. When some of the Aphrodisians begin to tell me about the fertility cult I don't know where to look. It makes my night in the brothel seem like a totally innocent venture. Everybody seems incredibly happy although they are still a bit miffed with the Christians who not only tried to erase the name of Aphrodite from everything the but to cap it all they replaced the temple with a basilica
It takes me 5 hours and I feel I've only skimmed the surface but you pays your money and....
Finally I drag myself away and return to my delightful pension to work out where I've left my bike keys and accept that an earplug has gone forever!!!
I usually keep the keys in my right trouser pocket. I have searched every pocket and the room six or seven times. I've retrace my walk this morning. I even have my host looking for them. Nothing. I will have to tie my spare key around my neck. Lose that and with the benefit of modern electronics I'm going nowhere.
After another delicious trout I make an early night of it. Wearily, and for the last time, I start one more search. The key is in the right had trouser pocket where it's always been! Many would say there is a perfectly rational explanation for this. Others, less charitably perhaps, will says he's lost it completely. Comes from being on his own for so long and talking to all those ghosts. But I know the truth. It's my friend, Aphrodite, playing games to keep my on my toes. She's such a tease!