Sunday, October 28, 2012

{Turkey: Bodrum}

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On one of our days in Turkey, we took a bus into Bodrum Harbour City about 40 minutes away. There were some awesome bars and alleyways filled with yummy restaurants and it was lovely to be out walking along the Harbour pier in the sun.Photobucket Photobucket
Warren: "Yes, I think I'll take one of those big ones as a wedding gift, thanks. But don't worry, I'll build a gym on it for you."
My man - always so thoughtful.
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We decided to smash in a bit of history and culture and visited the Bodrum Castle and Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Below is a pic of me on one of those handy voice guide things so that we can learn ALL the history. Well done us.Photobucket Photobucket
It was really interesting to see all the bits and pieces that have been recovered from underwater archaeologists. I particularly liked looking at all the old jewellery created using gold leaf, copper and other precious metals as well as the evolution of the money system. The picture below shows the development of inflation rates: each couple of centuries the same coin, the tetrodrahimi, is worth less and less oxen.Photobucket Photobucket
I really love this pic (Thanks Warr) It shows how someone of high social standing would have been buried with gold leaf adorning their eyes and mouth as a payment made for crossing over.Photobucket
A few of the recoveries made from underwater dives.
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Above shows a picture of a wine pourer. Wine was stored in a huge vat and needed to be decanted into smaller pouring vases. The bulbous thing at the top of this picture was used to syphon out wine from the big vats. Someone would place the long spout into the neck of the big vat and suck the wine into the bulb holding it there to be deposited into the smaller pouring jugs. Warren and I are dubious of this method and were debating about who is selected for this job since we feel it is very easy to suck a little extra wine "by mistake" like one big-ass wine straw. Hmmm... dubious. Photobucket
This is the old school version of the iPad. A wooden frame filled with wax that was written on using a stylus. Awesome. Homer makes mention of this form of writing in The Iliad. Yeah, Apple - we don't need you - i'm gonna get me one of those!Photobucket
Some of the views from the Towers of Bodrum Castle
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Anyone else been to Bodrum?

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Kerry said...

Amazing pics! My bf and I are planning a trip to Bodrum in June. Can you recommend a good hotel?

P.S Wishing you all the very best on your special day! Exciting times :)

Che Kershaw said...

ah Bodrum is awesome! We stayed at this resort - http://indieberries.blogspot.com/2012/10/turkey-our-resort.html - which was an all inclusive deal - (which was really cool!) its slightly out of the way of the main hubbub - but they have shuttles going into the main centre that you can catch. The food was good - slightly repetitive after 5 days - but it was really a good value for money deal so we didnt feel bad eating a good few meals out of our hotel. We only stayed at one place so unfortunately I can't recommend any other places - but we had a really good time at that resort - and its a bargain if you are looking for something all inclusive :)

Kerry said...

Thanks so much, Ché. I find it is always better to go on recommendation than risking nasty surprises, although sometimes this can't be avoided. The Yasmin looks amazing - exactly what we're looking for. I can't wait :)

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