We meet an old dog with (new) tricks

Time was short as our daughter and son-in-law (Hannah and Pieter) were leaving Turkey on New Year’s Eve so we crammed in as much sightseeing and cultural experiences as possible in the short time we had left.

A vital cultural experience – eating free doughnuts outside the mosque!

One day we went to Bodrum – a lovely harbour town a couple of hours drive south of Didim.

The shopping streets of Bodrum contain many old buildings and interesting corners

An impressive castle built by the Crusader Knights dominates the the town and with its fabulous museum of under water archeology, is one of the major attractions.

An impressive castle dominates the the town

Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go round it on this occasion although Jonathan and I love the museum and would gladly revisit it again given the chance!

We saw Bodrum Castle up close as the sun set
We would gladly revisit the museum of underwater archeology any time

We had a great time wandering the lanes of the old town and had lunch in a quirky little restaurant that we found in the back lanes.

We had lunch at a quirky restaurant
A beautiful door near our restaurant

Later we walked along the seafront (known as “Bar Street” for obvious reasons) where we met an interesting character – a very old street dog who has a clever (new?) trick!

We met an old street dog who had learnt a great trick!

A restaurant owner told us that if we gave him a 50 lira note ($5 Australian) he would walk you to a particular store with the note in his mouth and buy his favourite dinner.

Walking with our new friend to the store
This is the one, he tells us

So we gave him a note and followed him along the seafront until we came to a grocery shop where he stopped and put the note down and waited patiently for the owner to bring him his favourite snack- a packet of salami.

He drops the 50 lira note

We wondered if we should help him open it but within seconds he had not only opened it but gobbled up the meat and given the whole packet a big lick!

The shopkeeper takes the cash and delivers the food – our furry friend gobbles up the meat!
The local cats wish they’d thought up this idea!

We met another beautiful dog in a bar/restaurant on the beach. The manager said the dog lived in a good home but every morning took himself off to the bar where he stayed until closing time.

Sooo fat but a very happy dog

He was absolutely enormous from all the leftover food (including a lot of chips we suspected) and we wondered how he managed to heave his bulk home every night!

We finished our visit with a drink in a small bar in the water’s edge with a magical view of the castle.

The perfect spot for a sun downer
Christmas decorations in Bodrum

The following day we took Hannah and Pieter to another of our favourite places – the wonderful ancient city of Ephesus.

The Main Street in the ancient city of Ephesus
Exploring the bouleuterion

This was our third visit and we were still awestruck by its grandeur and found new things to be amazed by.

We found new things to be amazed by

We hadn’t explored the Great Theatre on our previous visits. Building of this magnificent structure began in the reign of Claudius (41-54 AD) and was completed around 100 AD.

The Great Theatre

The entrance to the theatre sits at the head of a fine arcaded street that runs all the way to what was once the harbour.

This imposing avenue, built by the Emperor Arcadius around AD 400, was constructed to impress – and that it still does – most effectively!

The entrance to the theatre sits at the head of a fine arcaded street
This was our third visit and we were still awestruck by its grandeur
The Celcus Library
Looking at the Celcus Library from
another angle
One of the many cats in Ephesus

As always one of the highlights was a walk round the beautiful terraced houses where the wealthiest and most influential citizens of Ephesus and their families once lived.

One of the highlights was a walk round the beautiful terraced houses

The once magnificent homes with their intricate mosaic floors and frescoed walls are sheltered by an amazing roof structure designed by Austrian engineers.

The once magnificent homes are sheltered by an amazing roof structure

This mighty stainless steel structure supports a modular membrane roof which provides protection for the fragile historic fragments in a way that maximises the view of visitors and enables archeological work to continue.

The mighty stainless steel structure supports a modular membrane roof

Inside, a glass-floor walkway winds through the complex, so that you can look into the rooms from above.

Inside, a glass-floor walkway winds
through the complex
An excellent view of the intricate mosaic floors and frescoed walls

Ephesus- another fabulous place to put on your bucket list if you haven’t already been there!

Ephesus- another fabulous place to put on your bucket list!

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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