They showed us how the created the handmade silk, cotton and wool scarves that each had natural dyes and amazing embroidering.
Pergamon was a pretty important site to see because it has one of the most important libraries of the ancient world and a huge Hellenistic theater. On Tuesday, we visited Priene and then Didyma, where we viewed another theater and the place of the oracle of Apollo. That night, we had a delicious dinner at this Turkish Restaurant with tapas, sea bass and Raki! The weather finally cleared up yesterday as we hiked up to Termessos
and had a picnic in the mountains as we learned about the ancient civilization that once lived here.
We're finally at our last stop in Antalya where we could not be more spoiled. The Antalya Hotel has everything, including Turkish baths, a spa, a fitness center and a beach. We're spending our second-to-last day in Turkey sailing over to Phaelis where we get to swim within the mountain range and watch the sunset! I can't believe we only have two more days here until we venture over to Italy for our last week in Europe.
For the past week, we have been traveling all around Turkey. Our home has literally been our coach bus since we drive at least six hours everyday. Still, the drive has been so worth it as we have seen some of the most renowned and beautiful Hellenistic and Roman-style ruins in Turkey. After leaving Istanbul, we traveled across the Hellespont to the site of Troy. Before heading off to Pergamon on Monday, we stopped at the Desen Halicilik Carpet Weavers Association.