Tulips and History of Turkey Tour 2014
April 14th - 23rd, 2014
April 18. Friday.
Assos - Izmir
In the morning before leaving I snuck out to take some photos –
last night we were all so tired we just ate and went to bed. The
evil eye protects a lot of people and is on just about every
building you see, even hanging in trees. It comes from sailing
history where they painted these on boats to protect the
fishermen. The blue eye was the colour of invaders eyes. I loved
the stone walls covered in plants, geraniums tucked in stone
pots and plastic pots…any pot will do. That incredible shade of
blue on doors and windows, seashells used to cover floors, walls
and furniture. The hazy photo is an actual photo through the
window of our coach of a pair of storks by the water …it looks
like a watercolour and is one of my favourites. Olive trees,
pistachio trees all trimmed very short to make picking easier.
Pine nut groves too with their trees pruned for ease of picking.
We saw a salt flat as well but it was for industrial use. This
is a huge strawberry growing area. They are grown in
On our way to Pergamum we spotted a fruit stand and made a stop
to pick up some fresh strawberries. This farm grows artichokes
as well as a winter crop…and yes, even here you will find
gnomes. Then it was lunch and just look at the delicious food we
had. Right out of the stone oven too.
Pergamum, once ruled by Alexander the Great. Famous for the
parchment paper, Pergamum had a library containing two hundred
thousand books. Enjoy seeing the splendid Acropolis with the
Altar of Zeus and the ten thousand-seat Amphitheatre. We got
into the gondola and rode it to the top…good thing as walking
would have done a lot of us in. Hugely windy but still worth it,
what an experience. I had never seen a theatre with that much
pitch to it before…a magnificent site. What I also loved was the
pottery made out of gourds. Wish I would have had the time to
buy some but we could not find the person selling them and we
had to leave…perhaps next time.
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