|Welcome to Kusadasi, Turkey!
|"The Welcoming Committee"
|The Holy Water of the Virgin Mary.... would you drink it????
|Our tour guide. A very interesting and impressive young woman. Her parents were poor peasant uneducated farmers. Her mother worked weaving carpets and put all three daughters through college!
|The hordes of tourists..
|This part of Turkey was really green and beautiful.
|A genuine fake Byzantine church..
|If you fill your water bottle with this water it will make you healthy....and if you believe this I have a bridge I want to sell you..
|Beautiful valley of oil trees.
|Herding sheep the same way for the last 3000 years.. IF it works why fix it?
|The start of the Esesephus City ruins.
|Notice the city plumbing offering waste disposal and hot and cold running water.. All done almost 2000 years ago!
|Archeologist have their work cut out to assemble this building..
|This two rocks are signs in front of the "hospital". One says doctors here and the other says medicines here..
|Nikki, god of sport...
|The large two story building is the public library.
|Carved into this stone was a backgammon game!
|A water fountain in the center of town. A source of water for poorer people that could not afford indoor plumbing.
|This is a ROUND globe of the world carved 1700 years ago.
|A wealthy home with multiple rooms, plumbing, and beautiful tile mosaic floors.
|If you cannot afford in door plumbing this is where you go.. Rather hard seats and cold in the winter but the up side is you never have to worry about putting down the toilet seat....
|The city Market Square...
|The Stadium. Every Roman town has one for sport. The rule was a Stadium had to seat 10% of the cities population.
|No tourist site is complete without a shopping and souvenir area..
|Those Romans were pretty proud of themselves....
|The most honest salesman here...
|Only in Turkey can you find WiFi, food, ATM and Gladiator displays in one store..
|A Turkish Steak house??
|My brother in law is thinking of converting to Islam,,, with a last name of Cohen?????
|The color Turquoise is based on French and refers to the sea water off Turkey..
|Hand made Turkish carpets.
|Welcome to Istanbul. This bridge connects Europe to Asia.
|They have a place for everything....
|Washing ones feet before entering the Grand Mosque..
|New world meets old world.
|Inside the Grand Mosque..Impressive.
|Outside of Grand Mosque.
|Byzantine Church and Mosque..
|The center door was for Royalty, the next two doors were for government officials, and the outer doors were for public.
|This hole was worn in solid rock by the guards standing there day after day guarding the Royal door. What a boring job!!
|IF this police car was in your rear view mirror what would you do?? Pedal faster?
|Be prepared to be chased by carpet salesmen..
|Even a classic car in town.
|The Spice Market
|This is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!
|OUR EVENING RIVER CRUISE..
|The last European Castle before Islam took over Istanbul.
|EAST MEETS WEST.