Sunset in Kusadasi
If you stay in any of numerous Kusadasi’s hotels you will not want to miss the perfect sunset view from your room balcony at which the sun seems to be sinking into the beautiful Aegean Sea!
You can watch my 1 min 38 sec Video clip Kusadasi Sunset with Xenia Akeynikova – Dawn over Moscow music.
Flying Turkish Carpets!
You may hear a lot about carpet shop owners trying anything and everything to get you into their store. As it happened, the last stop on our excursion was to a carpet shop! We had the least intention on earth to purchase a carpet! But--- let me say up front, I really enjoyed our visit there!
The carpet shop was actually on the second floor of a very nice jewelery store. We were escorted upstairs through several rooms filled to the rafters with Turkish carpets of all colors, shapes and sizes. We then entered a very large room where benches lined 3 walls (obviously made for large groups) and where we were served Turkish apple tea and a pastry by our hosts which is a traditional welcome and show of hospitality.
Our host, Tony, who spoke excellent English due to having lived for some time in the USA, spent quite a long time explaining how weaving is done, the meaning of certain carpet patterns, how the number of knots per square inch is determined, and the different textile composition of carpets (merserized cotton, silk, wool). A local woman brought in a small loom and demonstrated her weaving technique which is not at all what I had pictured in my mind. I found it interesting as a contrast to other types of carpet weaving such as found in Native American rugs. Rugs are made by women to supplement family income and take an incredible amount of time, talent and patience.
As interesting as the weaving demonstration was, seeing carpets "flying" or being whirled through the air was quite a show!! One or two men would, by grabbing the corner of a carpet, throw it into the air in a whirling motion, staying aloft over several feet, and then would virtually land at your feet! Each man repeated whirling a carpet in the air until there were probably 20 carpets or more of varying types on display in front of the crowd. Carpet colors also appear different depending on which direction you see them from.
I considered this a very entertaining, educational and worthwhile stop, and yes, we bought a very, very small and inexpensive carpet to be used as a hanging!! Be prepared to bargain!! Understanding good handmade carpets is like understanding good wine!
"Icons Jewellery & Carpet"
Dag Mh, Simsek Sk, 27A ~ Kusadasi (Just near the Orient & Grand Bazaars)
"My one day excursion"
I only spent one day here in Kusadasi, but it was beautiful! I was with a school trip doing a tour of the Greek islands so we didnt stay overnight; but luckily had the chance to visit the Grand Bazaar, Ephesus, and walk along the beach. We didn't get to eat there or visit any hotels so most of my tips will consist of general help on the Turkish language, warnings and dangers, and shopping tips.
A page from my scrapbook - some more views of the gorgeous Kusadasi harbour.