Soaked in History
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Had a lovely breakfast this morning of fruit, cheeses, tomatoes, olives, chicken slice, bread and apple tea. I gave my salad items to Zehra , salad items at breakfast isn’t right!! I discovered that I liked apple tea! Being such a small pension you got to meet the other guests and we got chatting to a nice couple from California, Joe and Darlene who were travelling for four months.
We had a couple chores to take care of this morning, washing and post office to post my Kilim. We found at the Post office that it was going to cost me $90 to send my rug home by air or $50 by sea mail, looks like I will be carting it around with me for the rest of the trip! We stopped by Zehra’s Aunties to drop of the Kilim while we went and explored the Red Basilica. The Red Basilica was once a giant temple to the Egyptian gods Serapis, Isis and Harpocrates built in the 2nd century AD. Years later the Christians built a Basilica inside it, now its crumbled ruins but still very imposing. Entry was a mere 5lira and we had it to ourselves. Part of the walls still stood tall and remnants of Greek and Roman statues and pillars were scattered around. After exploring the Basilica we headed back to the Pension via a simit stall and a shop selling nutty Helva which I bought a piece. We stopped at a cake shop and had a sweet call Nightingale nest that was nest shaped and pretty sweet like Backlava, I also try some cylinder shaped sweet called Tuluma which I washed down with a fruity nectar drink.
We headed back to the pension and caught up with Joe and Darlene who were heading out to the Acropolis and Asclepion. We offered to share a taxi with them as it was 50Liras for the trip and sharing would make it cheaper for all of us, they took us up on the offer.
Our first stop was the Acropolis set up on the hill overlooking Bergama. Currently the only way to get up there is by tour bus or taxi but they are building a cable car which opens in May so next time I come back this way in the future with Vaughan we can try the cable car! The Acropolis dates back to Alexander the Great times 300+ BC and was once the small ancient city of Perganom.
The taxi driver dropped us off in town while Joe and Darlene headed back to the pension. We were now heading to Zehra’s aunties for dinner, on the way we bought some flowers for her and picked up a box of Tuluma, it was customary to take a gift. Zehra’s Auntie lived in a quaint old house down a cobbled laneway, it had an entrance way with a guest room to one side and kitchen/dining/sleeping area to the other. There was an outside bathroom off the small courtyard in the front of the house. The upper part of the house was occupied by her uncle. Joining us for dinner was Zehra’s cousin Nurhan and I also met the Aunties son Burhan and his wife. We had a lovely meal of homemade kofta and pasta, salad and yogurt and for desert homemade chocolate mousse with Tuluma although I was struggling with the Tuluma. Zehra was telling me that this was the typical Turkish home meal, it was great opportunity for me to experience inside a Turkish home.