May 03, 2012
We met the EMYR group at 8.30 a.m. for our trip to Ephesos and boarded the air conditioned coach with a wonderful guide named Tugurul. Ephesos was everything we had been told, and it was easy to visualize this was once an ancient city. We also visited the home of the Virgin Mary and had lunch at a carpet making establishment where they gave us a demonstration of carpets being made and how they get the yarn from the silk worms. They then showed us a range of carpets they had made – all were beautiful, we were very tempted to buy one – a beautiful tribal runner for the hallway at home, ours for only £600! Having so much to spend on the problems with the boat, our sensible heads took over and we departed, carpetless.
We arrived back at the marina about 4 p.m. and met Altan from KYS Electrics on the way back to the boat – bad news he said. They could not fix or check the radio and he would try and get us the Turkish radio and fit it today.
We went to the marina office to pay for our stay and also arrange for them to check us out of Turkey tomorrow with our transit log and passports (for a charge of 55 euros). We have decided to do this to gain 33 extra days on our Visa so that we can return in September as planned.
Andi (Altan’s brother from KYS) came to the boat with our radio and told us they were not able to get another radio for us, so he put the old radio back with great difficulty but eventually managed it. At least we have a radio and can see if we can get it fixed in one of the Greek islands. Leros has a Ray Marine dealer there.
In the evening we had a wonderful EMYR style BBQ party laid on by the marina with free booze, food and entertainment.