“Excuse me!” “Come into MY shop!” “You know, the Valentine’s Day – I can sell you…” “Look at this!” “You can have a good life with a Happy Wife!” “I have diamonds!” “Hey, Honeymooners…” “Would you like to look at good Turkish carpets?” “Come in here – I have a nice cup of tea for you both.” “I have cheap shoes!” “Tattoos!” “A nice pashmina?”
We heard all of these “offers” as we walked around the port shopping area for an hour. It was too much after five minutes, so you can imagine us just running – fleeing – back to the ship after an hour of this.
But, we learned one fun fact. Mike had visited the city in the late 1990s, and together we first visited here on a cruise in 2009. But we have always pronounced its name exactly as it is spelled. How would you pronounce it? We learned that in Turkish, it is KUSH-uh-da-sah. So we felt a little bit more knowledgeable this time. In 2009, we joined a ship’s excursion, with thousands of others, to the ancient site of Ephesus (you have heard of the Bible book, Ephesians?). We wrote a retrospective blog of it during the Covid lockdown. You can search this site for it – Ephesus is an amazing, fabulous place. But we didn’t want to fight the crowds again, so we stayed in the port city of Kusadasi. As we noted a few days ago, this stop was really for Ephesus, as the destination noted on the ship’s itinerary was written KUSADASI (FOR EPHESUS). It was a good decision not to join an excursion – we talked to another couple who did tour Ephesus, and they said it was wall-to-wall people, difficult to see much, difficult to hear anything.
So this post just details our quick walk around the greatly expanded port shopping area. It is so hard to understand, though, how anyone makes enough money to survive. Most shops had nobody in them, and the shopkeepers just try to grab someone’s interest with one of the phrases in our first paragraph. Most didn’t succeed, as far as we could see. There are just too many carpet shops, way too many jewelry shops, way too many shops, period.
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