The Amazons in Sinop - day 30

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Sinope

Even though Sinop is another Turkish port on the Black Sea, it couldn’t seem more different than the port of Trabzon where we were yesterday.  Sinop is a town, a fishing town, and today it is basking in the sun with a holiday feeling.  Yesterday’s port was a rainy city and felt very businesslike.   It was here that I learned the Black Sea is named from its high concentration of sulfur (which turned metal on ships, weapons, etc to black).

The harbor of Sinop is beautiful and little cafes have small fishing boats in front; men are selling fish directly from their boats to people walking by.  We take a tour to see a mosque (and by now all of us know that we should remove our shoes before entering the mosque), to see a former religious school that is now a native handicrafts center, to see a Folklore Museum and to see an Archeology Museum.

Inside the mosque
 

The Folklore Museum is the highlight of my day.  It’s an old house furnished as it would have been 100 years ago with many generations of the same family living under one roof.  Each of the house’s two floors has 7 sparsely furnished rooms radiating from a central hall.  Each generational family had a “home room” with other rooms for special purposes.  With so many people living close together under one roof it was necessary to develop special ways of communicating nonverbally, especially for women.  On those “don’t come near me, don’t touch me, don’t even look at me” days, the women would wear a special scarf to notify everybody to keep their distance.  This may be a custom worth reviving.

The Archeological Museum has some lovely stelae, coins and religious icons.
The traditional home with many generations of one family under one roof.
  In fact Sinop was one of the oldest Greek colonies on the Black Sea and there are traces of settlement as early as 5,000 BC in the area.  I’m impressed by the myth that the Amazons were supposed to be from here.  

Sinop is famous for its little handmade copies of fishing boats so Cathy and I buy a few for my husband.  But first we have to keep up our strength so we have a Turkish beer (EKES and it’s very good) olives, bread and fish before wandering around town.  Cathy is much better at bargaining than I am and we finally strike a deal for a little more than we wanted to pay but we also got more boats than we’d originally asked for.  I hope we can figure out what to do with 5 boats.

The town just invites wandering around; it would be hard to get lost here and there are all kinds of ancient walls, churches and shops to look at.
The day's catch being unloaded from a boat
  We wander into a small café for a Turkish coffee before heading back to the ship and the owner gives Cathy a small Turkish flag.  When we ask to photograph him, he wants his wife in the photo too.  I take the picture of the two of them in front of their small café.  By the way, tomorrow I’ll explain why there are so many flags in my photos today.


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Sinope
Sinope
Inside the mosque
Inside the mosque
The traditional home with many gen…
The traditional home with many ge…
The days catch being unloaded fro…
The day's catch being unloaded fr…
Turkish flags were everywhere
Turkish flags were everywhere
The best part of walking around to…
The best part of walking around t…
The cafe owner and his wife
The cafe owner and his wife
Central square in Sinope
Central square in Sinope
The harbor of Sinope
The harbor of Sinope
We ended up with about 5 of these …
We ended up with about 5 of these…
The Atomic Energy Institute in Sin…
The Atomic Energy Institute in Si…
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"Disco Bar" Doesn't seem to jibe…
And once again, Im in a cemetery …
And once again, I'm in a cemetery…
Jelly fish in the water near the d…
Jelly fish in the water near the …
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I'm always amazed by the beauty o…
Possibly the cutest towel animal e…
Possibly the cutest towel animal …
Sinop
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