Turkey Day 5: Bergama to AyvalikFriday, January 09, 2015
I wished we could have stayed longer at this lovely sanctuary of a pension in Bergama, with its adorable host Iden and our dormitory with a disco shower head in the bathroom - the hilarious shower head had coloured lights that turned from blue to green to red, and also flashed from time to time! But it was already time to say good bye to this town with the formidable ancient Acropolis ruins in the hills. If you have the chance to travel to Turkey, make sure to stop by Bergama and the ruins of Pergamum. The ancient Greek city dates from three centuries before Christ and it's immense, with so many layers. It's hard to imagine just how it would have been like in its hey days. Just as impressive is how they managed to bring up all those materials and water up the hills for all its inhabitants, all those years ago.
We spent three nights in Ayvalik, on the third floor of a pension with a view of the sea and the islands. Our room was nice and spacious, the host also nice but not overly welcoming. We never really got to see her during our stay, though, and she left us to amuse ourselves in her house and village. The morning sun was surprisingly hot, but quickly cooled down from mid-afternoon. By the time the sun set, we were snuggling our scarves tighter around our necks. Then we would retreat to our rooms to cosy up in blankets and have Tavla competitions (also known as backgammon, one of the oldest board games in the world) until we can no longer keep our eyes open..
One week in Turkey: