Kusadasi: Been here before

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MS Marina
What I did
Lotsa carpet and leather shops

Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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OCT 30; KUSADASI was our last port of call before our port of disembarkation in Istanbul two nights hence.  Although my roommate and I did not do the optional tour to Ephesus (I visited last year), the history of this place deserves some mention.  Most cruises have a port of call here because Ephesus is the main attraction for visitors to Turkey.  Ephesus was a Greek city that later became a major Roman city that grew to a population of more than 250,000 inhabitants.   During Roman times, the Aegean Sea was visible from Ephesus, but now the sea is 5km (or 3 miles) away.   The Temple of Artemis that was built around 550BC was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and Ephesus was cited in the Book of Revelation in the Bible.   

A NOTE OF WARNING FOR THOSE VISITING TURKEY: Never pay the first quoted price for carpets or leather goods (and most other things hawked on the streets).   Example: a buyer went into a carpet shop, and when the buyer asked for the price, the salesman quoted $2,200. They buyer counter-offered $300.   The carpet salesman said, $1,800.   The buyer offered $500. When the carpet salesman offered it for $1,200, the buyer said it was too expensive and started to walk out of the store.   The salesman followed him, and asked what he wanted to pay for the carpet, so the buyer said $300, and kept walking.   The carpet salesman said he can buy it for $360.   The key to getting the best price is by willing to walk out the door. 

Always ask for the price before ordering anything at outside cafes or any restaurant.   They don't have menus listed with prices on their walls.   If you don't ask, you'll get charged ten times the cost for locals.   A $2 beer can cost you $10.   BE CAREFUL, and ALWAYS SECURE YOUR WALLET IN YOUR FRONT POCKET OR HIDDEN BEHIND YOUR CLOTHING IN BIG TOURIST TOWNS LIKE KUSADASI AND ISTANBUL.  

Otherwise, it's an interesting country to visit.  

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

  
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