The next day they are off to Bodrum all dressed in some of Rena's clothes for a few days of beach time, boat cruise, touring, dancing and yes shopping.
I chose to stayed home and let them have some girl time.
They had a blast and came back to Izmir dressed in the latest Turkish fashions, a bit more tan and full of tales to tell of their Bodrum escapade.
Now it is their turn to see Ephesus. We hired a car for the day and headed down to Selcuk.
Strolling through Ephesus, the dwelling houses and sitting in the main theater in the direct sun took its toll- it was over 100º! It was time to head to the cool hills of nearby Sirince for lunch...and of course some shopping.
So long Izmir and look out Istanbul! Finally the bags arrive just in time to repack for the trip to Istanbul. We have found a fantastic pension just behind the Blue Mosque, close to everything but off the beaten track... and the view from the rooftop balcony was incredible!
We hit all the historical and hot spots of Istanbul- Hagi Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topaki Palace, the Grand Bazzar, the Spice Market, Taksim Square, and even a little time to relax in the Hammam...all in a few days. A whirl wind of site, smells and shops and the evening are filled with great food, drinks and laughs until the early hours.
The verdict- they loved Turkey! We said our farewells and Rena and I stayed in Turkey awaiting the arrival of or next visitors. Thanks to the husbands and friends who supported the ladies while they came to Turkey. It was a wonderful visit and we thank them for taking the time to visit us