Oct 23, 2012

Today was day 4 of our trip. We landed in Alayna, Turkey in the morning. Eva and I had breakfast on the deck and watched the ship dock in the harbor. We bought a tour through the cruise line and they had a bus to take us on the tour. We loaded the bus and went on a 1-1/2 hour ride. It was beautiful weather when we landed, but it started raining, and rained hard for the first half of the tour.

Our first stop was at the ruins of the ancient city of Perge. This was just past the city of Atalanya. It was pouring rain during this stop. Eva had a rain coat, but mine was just a windbreaker. It was interesting to see the stone ruins. The next stop was at a waterfall. It was still raining hand, but Eva and I still walked around while most everyone else stayed in the bus. The next stop was a jewelry store. It was way overpriced for our group. When we got to the store it stopped raining and stayed dry the rest of the day.

We ate lunch at a nice restaurant at a hotel. It was still a buffet, but it was a different buffet from the cruise ship’s buffet, so that was nice.

The next stop was an ancient stone theater from the Roman period. The stone work was in pretty good shape, but after the tour guide ended, everyone but Eva and I went back to the bus. We stayed for 15 minutes and then got on the bus.

We were only 1 hour away and the ship left in one hour, so it was going to be close. However, it took us about 1-1/2 hours to get to the ship. The drive took about a hour and 10 minutes, but the police pulled the bus over. We never understood why. After the police stop, the bus driver missed the turn to the harbor and got lost in Alayna. We were about 1/2 hour late, but the ship waited for us.

After we got on the bus we had to hang everything up to dry. We ate a little at the buffet and watched the shows. We went to bed early.

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