The Amazons in Sinop - day 30
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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.
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.
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.