On food and other important things ….

Today I’d like to give you a snapshot of what foods we have to choose from for our breakfast and lunch times.  Our hotels provide a varied buffet for breakfast which always includes familiar things like breads, jams, dry cereal and boiled eggs; also available are fresh vegetables, olives, cold cuts and some hot egg, potato, or sausage/hot dog options.breakfast foods

No one needs all the possibilities, but we all are glad to find a solid meal to start our day.

We eat lunch along the way wherever we are, so that meal has been varied; Djenk often takes us to places that aren’t very touristy, so we get a better feel for the native food around Turkey.  My favorite is the salad course which in many cases is more than enough for an entire meal.

From front to back: kale, pickled beets, fried eggplant, cheese-filled "pencil" rolls, tomato relish, stuffed grape leaves, green salad with cucumbers and green olives, and yogurt/cucumber spread.

From front to back: kale, pickled beets, fried eggplant, cheese-filled “pencil” rolls, tomato relish, stuffed grape leaves, green salad with cucumbers and green olives, and yogurt/cucumber spread.

Either if served family style or as a buffet, there are all sorts of choices:

Clockwise from the green salad:  stuffed pepper, "pencil" rolls, carrot/yogurt spread, and tomato relish.

Clockwise from the green salad: stuffed pepper, “pencil” rolls, carrot/yogurt spread, and tomato relish.

Enough about food!  We are thankful every day for our pleasant weather which continues to make our touring so positive.  Altho’ it was a bit chilly this a.m. (Notice hoods, gloves, and warm coats in a picture below.), we trucked off cheerily to visit the ancient city of Miletus, the second city mentioned by John in Revelation 2.  We settled in on the marble slab seats of Miletus’ Greek theater (In good enough shape due to the Ottoman empire NOT razing it; instead they used it both as intended and as the foundation for a watchtower.IMG_20140112_103549_357)                                                                                                                                      to hear Calvin seminarian Rob exegete Acts 20 where Paul’s stop at Miletus and his meeting with the Ephesian elders is recorded.5 Rob's presentation at Miletus (640x360)  Further exploration of the ruins brought us into the largest Roman bath house we’ve seen as well as a well-preserved Roman road that connected Miletus with the temple where they could worship their patron god Apollo some 10 miles down the road at Didyma.

This Roman road was called a "sacred" road since it was used primarily for folks from Miletus to go to the temple.

This Roman road was called a “sacred” road since it was used primarily for folks from Miletus to go to the temple.

The Miletus temple to Apollo is absolutely HUUUmongous with loads of columns more than six feet in diameter.  The total length of the temple is extensive as well.9b Temple length (360x640)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Earthquakes being as common as they are in Turkey, many columns toppled over the years, falling like dominoes:11 Toppled column (640x360)

Following our temple visit, we drove north back to Izmir where our adventure began last Thursday.  This is Djenk’s hometown and he delighted in showing us around the ruins of the ancient city of Smyrna (dating back to 3000 B.C.) in the heart of downtown Izmir.

Smyrna's large agora had two complete stories of walkway with an arched basement in which we enjoyed a wander.

Smyrna’s large agora had two complete stories of walkway with an arched basement in which we enjoyed a wander.

Our day ended with a traditional giro/pita dinner followed by a visit to Starbucks by some of our group — in the midst of all the ancient and perhaps foreign sights, connecting with a contemporary familiar thing can be a treat.

Tomorrow we travel north to visit Pergamum, another of the Revelation church sites as well as to ferry across the Dardanelles Strait.

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2 Responses to On food and other important things ….

  1. Lita Last says:

    I have been enjoying your posts, Jan. I especially like the section on Turkish food. Yummy and healthy.

  2. Yummy! And Starbucks? Amazing….

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