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Cruise Diary: Kusadasi, Turkey

Journalist Lou Freed and her husband Jim (who took the photos) sailed the Mediterranean on Noordam’s Roman Empire Cruise. Enjoy!

Souvenir shops with carpets, leather, ladies clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelry and perfumes welcome cruisers at the Kusadasi Bazaar. Kusadasi is clean and safe for shopping but don’t forget to bargain.

Hand-knotted carpets of Turkey, especially the silk ones, are famous worldwide.

Turkish hospitality means lots of tea and sweets (aka Turkish delight). Boxes of the Turkish delight await to be taken to family and friends at home.

The ancient Greek and Roman ruins at Ephesus, along with the small house where Mary, Jesus’ mother, lived out her days, are major attractions near Kusadasi. The Celsus Library, one of the largest in the ancient world is a major attraction at the ruins.

The park by the mosque is a favorite place to relax and socialize for the locals in Kusadasi. There they watch the world go by and affirm their faith several times a day.

3 Comments
  • Luh

    Brings back great memories. We did the Roman Empire on the Noordam in 2008. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lou

    That itinerary with lovely ports to visit is enriching and is worth re-doing someday.

  • Arthur Gunt

    The park by the mosque is my most loved place in Kusadasi too.

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