A Travellerspoint blog

September 2011

Still hanging out in Selcuk...might never leave

Kidding, Mom!

We love this small town! We go to the beach, we hike around ancient ruins, we eat great food, we stop in and visit with people and drink hot apple tea for hours. Yesterday the guy at the beachside lunch shack played frisbee with us then taught us to play backgammon. We originally only booked 3 nights here, but by the time we leave on Monday we will have been here for seven. Two days ago we went to see the amazing white limestone cliff pools at Pamukkale. It was absolutely gorgeous. Today we walked to Ephesus and hiked around the ruins. It is simply beautiful and so peaceful here. Shawn can't get enough of the ancient buildings and Baylie is just thrilled to have so many stray cats wandering around! We can't walk a block without her picking up a cat. She also manages to find tortoises wandering around the ruins wherever we go. I think she's noticing the ancient stuff once in a while!IMG_3958

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Posted by Pelham Family 06:52 Archived in Turkey Comments (8)

Breakfast...the least recognizable meal of the day

So before I go on and on about how much we LOVE Turkey, I have to sidetrack just for a minute and reflect on something we have all been missing. Waffles, pancakes, French toast, bacon, an omelette, hash browns, cinnamon rolls...pretty much any food found on a Sunday morning American plate! The rest of the world does not do breakfast! Coffee, a dry roll, maybe a hard boiled egg, that's what we wake up to every day. This morning my plate had 2 slices of cucumber, a slice of tomato, 4 olives, and what looked like a slice of cold bologna. If I find an IHOP I'm going to eat until I pop.

OK, so...Turkey! I love it here. We found our hotel - as advertised, right by the stork's nest right on top of the ruins of a Roman aqueduct . This small town is so peaceful, even the Musilm "call to prayer" five times a day over the loudspeaker is pleasant (I'm hearing it now actually). I have never encountered so many truly friendly people before. We walked around the ruins of St. John's church here in Selcuk, toured a Mosque that is being restored, and went to the beach. Tomorrow we visit Pamukkale and the next day Ephesus.
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Posted by Pelham Family 10:40 Archived in Turkey Comments (10)

On to Turkey

Not quite enough Greece...we will be back!

I really regret that we didn't "do" the Greek Islands. That trip will defnitely be on the to-do list. We walked around the Ancient Agora, Kerameikos Cemetery, the Temple fo Olympian Zeus, and Hadrians Library. You practically trip over the ancient stuff around here. We accidentally found ourselves in the middle of a GIANT and very crowded swap meet today. And we rode the metro (running today - hooray!) to the end of the line and looked out at the cruise ships in the harbor. Tomorrow we fly to Izmir, Turkey and take a train to the town of Selcuk (that "c" should have a little tail, but I can't find that character!). We're staying in a hostel there for a few days and the directions to find it actually include the phrase, "look for the storks nest on top of the column by the fountain." I really hope that stork is still nesting. From Selcuk we can see the ancient ruins of Ephesus and hopefully go to a beach. Looking forward to Turkey!

Posted by Pelham Family 05:33 Archived in Greece Comments (4)

A Familiar Sight

Ahhh, the joy of teaching is universal

Today as we were entering the lovely Acropolis Museum we passed a group of teenagers sitting on a large bench while their teacher spoke passionately about the amazing things they were about to see inside. She was clearly thrilled that they would be viewing things they had studied and she was doing a great job of setting the scene for their field trip. Three boys were listening to their ipods, two girls were messing with their phones, one young lady was filing her nails, one boy was clearly asleep and about to topple off the bench, and ONE young man was sitting on the edge of his seat with his hand up and it is only because he bounded to his feet when the teacher said, "Let's go!" that the other kids seemed to know it was time to move. I think I should have made it a point to go shake that teacher's hand.

Posted by Pelham Family 08:06 Archived in Greece Comments (6)

Transportation strike day 2

Glad we aren't staying as far on the outskirts of town as we have in other cities! No metro again today. We hiked in and saw the Acropolis and the absolutley fabulous Acropolis Museum. The views from the top of the Acroplis were beautiful. Now out for another great dinner!

Posted by Pelham Family 06:05 Comments (0)

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