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3:21pm on Wednesday, 6th August, 2008:
Today, we went to Ephasus, a large Greco-Roman ruin of which some 10% has currently been excavated. It's best known for this:
It was pretty good, actually, although if it's things that look like the above you want you'd be better off going to Petra in Jordan, and if you want things that don't look like the above you want you'd be better off going to Jerash in Jordan.
(Yes, I did go on holiday to Jordan once, in 1989).
There was a 3D image of the above building (the facade of the third-largest library in the Roman empire after those of Alexandria and Pergamon), that they loaned you anaglyptic glasses to look through:
One woman didn't hand back the glasses, but kept them with her and would occasionally look at various ruins through them. Maybe she knew something the rest of us didn't.
To get to Ephasus, the cruise ship docked at Kusadasi. This is a town of over 50,000 people, the only industry of which is servicing the various cruise ships that dock there for Ephasus. There are hundreds of small shops, all selling one of basically four ranges of things: carpets, leatherware, ceramics and beads stuff. We bought some of everything (yes, including a carpet — just a little one to hang on the wall, though).
There were three power cuts while we were there. Nevertheless, it surprised the carpet shop's owner when we declined his invitation to use the lift and took the stairs instead.
Kusadasi (there's a cedilla on the first s, which I'm not reproducing here because I don't know the code for it and am not paying over a cent a second to look it up on the Internet; it's pronounced "sh" though) has only been a tourist town for about 30 years; prior to that, it was a fishing village. In order to give the place a brand, they have adopted a special symbol supposedly representing an eye that wards off evil spirits:
The fact that said eye is also all over the place in Mykonos is apparently no barrier to its use in Kusadasi.
This sign was vaguely amusing the first time I saw it:
However, after the sixth or seventh time, it was less amusing...
I think maybe there's a chain of them.
Why do I not believe this notice in a jeweller's window?
I hope this isn't an instruction:
Back on the ship, on the way in/out, is a long corridor with a few pictures on the walls. I don't think this is one you really one to see on a ship, though:
Tonight, it's "Flava of the Med", some kind of buffet we're going to have to go to. There is a 6m high canvas version of the campanile in Venice,
there are mock columns erected next to the swimming pool,
and we're going to have to wear togas. Well, except me: there isn't money enough on the planet to get me to wear a toga. I have to admit, though, I'm curious as to how they intend to incorporate their 7m high model of the Eiffel Tower into their Mediterranean evening...
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