Topping the hill at Yokuşbaşı, you’ll see Bodrum;
Do not ever think you will return as you came,
The ones before you were the same;
They all left with their minds in Bodrum
-The Fisherman of Halicarnassus
It is true that I now have a high standard of seaside beauty. Bodrum has the most beautiful harbor that captures the sunset. My roommate Brooke and I went there to explore and meet her friend Zeynep (“Zee”) living outside the city. Fortunately, we have missed the busy season and Zee could show us around the town without difficulty. Brooke was talking about how badly she wanted a Turkish carpet and Zee invited us to her village to see if her neighbor had carpets that may interest her. We had no idea that she was taking us to THE carpet place for Milas carpets made in the region. We were welcomed into the home of her neighbor with lunch, wine made in the area, instructions on how to make the Turkish double knot in weaving, and of course, the careful examination of hundreds of carpets. Brooke and I both ended up purchasing rugs that appeal to our souls and cherishing a day of Turkish hospitality.
The Tomb of Maussolos, King of Caria, was on the list of must-see sights in Bodrum and you can see the miniature recreation of how the original architecture appeared. In the central part of Bodrum Brooke and I also visited the Museum of Underwater Archaeology in the Bodrum Castle. It’s one of the largest museums of its kind and displays a variety of jewels, coins, fishing tools, glass bottles, and other treasures! Some of the pictures from the top of the castle are breathtaking and I hope you enjoy them 🙂