Turkey means land of the Nomads, their currency is the Turkish lira about 2TL to $1.
It seems we are hitting all of these ports on National Holiday, yesterday in Greece was honoring the day they entered WWII after they were invaded by Italy. today in Turkey was October 29th celebrating their start of democracy in 1923 and honoring Ataturk( means peoples Turk) who was their Prime Minister at that the time. There were Turkish flags flying everywhere, some with the picture of Ataturk which we understand by flying was a little bit of a protest to the current regime.
Up early today at 6a.m. as we have a tour scheduled for Ephesus, also known as Constantinople, today they say this is the Aegean’s best preserved ancient city. This was occupied by the Roman empire at the time and dates from 300 BC- 700 AD , the Byzantines were the last citizens of Ephesus. About 250,000 people lived in Ephesus during this period and the city was so far ahead of its time with running water and indoor plumbing , we saw evidence of some of the plumbing but most of the pipes are still buried. We also visited the House of Mary where it is said St. John brought the virgin to spend the last of her days. The Basilica of St. John where it is said the disciple John was buried. Then we ended our tour at a 5 star resort where we treated to a wonderful lunch along with a local folkloric dance. We were told by our guide that Turkeyhad some wonderful wines, I was very surprised at this, so of course at lunch I had to try it out, have to say it was very good, I had Alsama red wine, I doubt I will be able to find that back in the states.
The weather could not have more perfect sunny with a high in the low 70’s . We are very fortunate as this is suppose to be the rainy season. We both did not sleep very well last night I guess still had some jet lag getting used to the time change, we are 6 hours ahead of you guys, so after our 7 1/2 tour today we are pooped. After relaxing in our room having our happy hour, we ordered a movie and room service and called it a night. We set sail now for Marmaris, Turkey.