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Sunday 29 September 2013

[Saturday 28 September 2013]

08:00–17:00 Kuşadası, Turkey

Day 272 Sunday 29 September Nehemiah 11-13, Psalm 126

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Janet wrote: “Thank goodness we had nothing booked today! I couldn’t have got up at 6am. We both slept well. We were up just after 8am.… Anyway, we washed and dressed, then went off to breakfast at 9.10am, sat outside the Lido — lovely and warm. Around 10am we set off for Selçuk. Quite hot already. We soon got our bearings and found the dolmuş. When we arrived in Selçuk we found that café/bar again [Hadrian’s] and [John] had an Efes Dark (plus a bowl of [roasted mixed] nuts) and I had two Coke.” We didn’t see, so weren’t served by, the heavy-smoking proprietress; it was a younger woman, daughter perhaps. As before, the toilets were spotlessly clean. Janet continued: “We made our way to the St. John Basilica. It was bloody hot by then and I was soon flagging. I’d forgotten how extensive the remains are, so it was interesting to re-visit.” The previously ubiquitous storks and sounds of crickets everywhere were noticeably absent. Perhaps the odd, occasional cricket. I hadn’t noticed on our visit of 16 July 2013 a kind of “tunnel” going behind the apse.


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:10:06
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk: passage behind the apse


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:10:26
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk: passage behind the apse


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:10:58
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk: apse

I pointed out to Janet the Tomb of St. John, which somehow we failed to notice on 16 July 2013.


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:11:30
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk: tomb of St. John

There were additional rooms to the north of the nave, not remembered from previous visits. One had the remains of a floor mosaic, and there was also a baptistery.


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:12:40
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:13:02
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:13:52
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk: baptistery


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:14:20
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:14:30
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:19:08
Model of St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk, with the real thing in the background


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:19:08
Detail of 12:19:08, straightened up


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:20:26
St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:24:02
Temple of Artemis, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:24:16
Temple of Artemis, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:25:22
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:25:40
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk

Leaving the Basilica site, we made our way down the road to the İsa Bey Mosque. [Not sure whether it was around there that I heard one cricket. We (or I) did hear one on one of these hot days.]


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:31:58
South-east corner of St. John’s Basilica, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:32:56
Approaching the İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk, from the east


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:35:16
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk, west side


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:36:12
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk: entrance, west side


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:37:50
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:37:50
Detail 1


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:37:50
Detail 2


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:37:50
Detail 3

“I was very surprised to discover how plain it was inside,” Janet wrote. “Usually mosques are very opulent.”


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:42:10
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:42:42
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk: mihrab and minber


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:44:24
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:48:04
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:48:14
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:51:18
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk: views from up the minaret steps


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 12:51:54
İsa Bey Mosque, Selçuk: views from up the minaret steps


Sunday 29 September 2013 — 17:50:30
Towel “sculpture” in the cabin

“We then returned to Hadrian’s for drinks and the loo,” Janet wrote. “It was seriously hot by this time — every bit as hot as last time. We got a dolmuş straight away again back to Kuşadası. We were both knackered… We were back on the ship around 2.30pm… and immediately went to Hemingway’s. [John] had a ginger beer and a bottle of sparkling water, and I had two Coke. Back in our cabin [John] lay down on the bed and slept… and I packed (not my favourite job!). At ca.5pm I needed a break. [John] was on the bed reading. I went to Hemingway’s for a drink then had a look in the shops — and resisted the temptation to buy! Back in [the] cabin I finished the packing and ‘strapped up’ the cases. We sorted through all the papers, then went for dinner. After that we sat in Hemingway’s for about half an hour. Benjamin Moss was playing his guitar. No singing. At 7.50pm we went through to the Broadway and managed to nab two front-row seats. Good job we’d gone in even earlier than usual as we wouldn’t have got them if we’d gone in at 8pm.”
Don’t Miss…
Killer Queen
8.30pm & 10.15pm Broadway, decks 5 & 6
Tonight it’s the super group that rocked the world, with all those iconic anthems. Are you ready Freddie for a touch of Killer Queen?
[i]
[i] Cruise News, Sunday 29th September 2013, page 1

“Brilliant. I’ve been so impressed with the performers — so talented. Then we went to Hemingway’s for half an hour. Benjamin Moss was singing and playing, but by 10pm I was so tired we returned to the cabin. I showered then we both hit the sack.…”

[Monday 30 September 2013]



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