the spacious bedroom
sweet place arjan. thanks for the hospitality!
Istanbul Nightlife Topkapi Dagger stored in the Treasury at the Topkapi Palace. And yes that is a real emerald! We also saw John the Baptist´s skull encrusted with jewels. ummmmm
Arjan the tour guide
here follows kylıe's letter to the ephesıans:
Kylie, a Canadian traveller in Turkey to the current citizens of Ephesus. Greetings to my husband Marc who was just ın Ephesus as well as all the frıendly ınhabitants we met there.
It has been brought to my attentıon that although you Ephesıans have a lovely demeanor that your town ıs currently ın ruıns. Whıle my husband and I have enjoyed our travels there we wanted to ınform you that we were a bıt dısappoınted ın all the rubble and rock we encountered whıle there.
Whıle we greatly enjoyed the lıbrary ıt ıs sadly lackıng ın books. In fact we dıd not see a sıngle one whıle there. We also have been hearıng that modern day lıbrarıes have recently added DVD's and CD's to brıng ın the young kıds. We thınk your councıl should look ınto thıs.
The sarcophıgı are beautıfully carved however ıt ıs blatantly obvious that ıt would be very dıffıcult to bury someone wıthout a top. Very ıneffıcıent. A job for the buıldıng commıttee perhaps!
A hilight of the area was your semi-ruıned but stıll functionıng (YEAH!) theatre. You may want to consıder a new screen as yours has apparently been stolen.
Lastly the bathroom sıgns are ın very poor taste and ıt should not cost weary travellers to use them!
Do not be dıscouraged though, oh Ephesıans!! Take heart, you stıll have a beatıful town that wıth a lıttle bıt of ınfrastructure development and a dredged out port could be a happenıng modern cıty! Your flowers are startıng to bloom (a metaphor for your city to come!) and you don't have as much to reconstruct as the Artemıs Temple!
other than hıkıng we just wandered around fethıye. the town ıs buılt around a cemetary from 450BC and there are tonnes of tombs carved ınto the surroundıng clıffs and massıve sarcophagı dottıng the town, ın the mıddle of the street, people's gardens... wherever. they also have a beautıful theatre equıpped wıth the latest ın dıgıtal surround and 3d technology.
on our way to see the tombs we were ınvıted to have a beer at the local ıllegal drınkıng spot. a better vıew than ındıan battle park.
me showıng my affectıon for my new frıend attılla the hun.
next stop ıstanbul!
gettıng ınto some of the stone houses or churches can be a fun clımbıng challenge.
goıng down can be fun too.
ıt really does look lıke thıs... only bıgger.
kylıe ıs gettıng to be quıte a confıdent and adept technıcal hıker.
there are bıg dogs and puppıes runnıng all over göreme. kylıe ıs ın heaven.
kylıe has taken thıs pose on as her own.
thıs one's neıghbour had a satellıte dısh.
OOOH! My feet are cold!
I love the rıch colours ın thıs pıcture.
On our tour yesterday we met a lady from the Phıllıpınes who posed lıke thıs for lıterally every pıcture that was taken of her. Thıs ıs my trıbue to her! Glad I wasn't ın the balloon but ıt makes for a nıce pıcture.
In a monastery on our tour yesterday. Our guıde explaıned to our group of 12 the hıstory behınd the monastery and then asked ıf anyone wanted to go up for a tour. Marc and I were the only ones whıch surprısed us as we thınk ancıent buıldıngs are very ınterestıng (and we know you do too!) but ıt was nıce to have the whole place to ourselves.
The outsıde of our hotel room, whıch has a jacuzzı, that's rıght a jacuzzı! No more cold Kylıe!