Kusadasi, Turkey

Trip Start Apr 27, 2012
Trip End May 20, 2012

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Flag of Turkey  , Aydın,
Saturday, May 12, 2012

We docked around 7:30am this morning. This is our 2nd time to dock in Kusadasi on this trip.  The 1st time, last Tuesday, we toured the ancient city of Ephesus.  This time, we decided to stay in Kusadasi.

There are four cruise ships docked here today – Louis (Cristal), RCI (Serenade of the Seas) and Celebrity (Silhouette).  The Silhouette holds almost 3,000 passengers and the Serenade of Seas holds 2100; both quite a bit larger than our 700 passenger Mariner. 

It was a very nice day here today – in the mid 70's and sunny skies.  We can see the statue of Mustafa Ataturk, high on a hill, from our balcony.  He was the founder of the Republic of Turkey and its first President in 1923.

There are many shops here as well as a Grand Bazaar (nothing like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, though).  Most of the merchants are very aggressive in trying to make a sale.  You almost need a fly swatter to get them to back off!  I’m sure they would have more sales if they would just let you look in peace.  If you are in need of a carpet, rugs, jewelry, leather goods or "Genuine Fake" Watches, then this is the place to come.  There are some very nice shops as well as the touristy items that you come to expect..

We did quite a bit of walking, taking in the various shops and the shoreline. The shoreline is lined with outdoor restaurants, all with fresh seafood.  We love to eat outside when we can as we don’t do that much in Houston.  We shared a mezze sampler plate and then a plate of shrimp, anchovies, squid and French fries.  The anchovies (and sardines) in the Mediterranean are nothing like what we get in the States, very mild and tasty.  They are actually quite good.  We also tried a glass of Raki, similar to ouzo; definitely an acquired taste (something like cough syrup with licorice).

We did some more walking, made a few purchases and headed back to the ship.  A very relaxing day!  Tonight is another barbeque under the Mediterranean stars with Kusadasi as a backdrop.

Santorini tomorrow.
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