Because it is a touristic centre there were shopping opportunities everywhere. Hubbie never shops but spotted a shirt he loved for €7 so amazingly decided to purchase. Unfortunately it was not in his size. It was too big.
We spent the afternoon wandering.
We had some interesting conversations.
One with a tin smith. He had a great range of door knobs and locks for big garden gates.
He can produce 6 door knobs or two locks a day, for the price of €70.
I'm constantly amazed at the cost of hand crafts here. They seem to be way under priced whereas at home they are way overpriced. There needs to be a middle ground.
We passed a wedding couple. Here they wear two dresses, a red one before the ceremony and the traditional white dress for the actual ceremony. So this couple are not yet married. They were happy to pose when they spotted the camera.
Coming up one of the streets we met the film crew again. We are going to be famous. They are following us! I must find out for whom were they filming.
We returned to the hotel, hot and tired. We planned to have showers and a lie down. Our host Servet recommended a restaurant to us. They would send a car to collect us so that removed the stress of having to find our way.
|Servet on the balcony with a big welcome as we return to the Konak|
|Sitting in the "armut" under the shade of the mulberry tree before breakfast. The armut are leather bean bags, so called because of their shape. Armut means pear.|
|Değirmenci Konak - The Millers Mansion|
She bought this Konak with her husband and slowly restored it to it's former glory. They raided all the family houses to furnish it in keeping with the period. In 2007 it won the Preservation Honour Award for the best restored house. While the konak itself is beautiful it is the welcoming smile that would bring me back to stay here time and time again.
Servet now runs the Konak herself. She had lost her husband in 9/11 in America. She has become accustomed to living on her own but everytime there is a new documentary to celebrate the anniversary of that day she relives the horror again.
|Part of the Honeymoon Suite|
|Mirror detailç The only way I could get the full mirror was with my reflection. İ had lighting problems with a lot of my photos.....Grr.......really need those camera classes.|
|Part of the bedroom ceiling.|
|The lock on the garden gate. The lever lifts up a large 'plank' inside to open the door.|