|Here lies the most beloved loyal dog..|
Suha took me to the aquarium and the museum today. We wore ourselves out!! First we took a mini bus (otobus) to the aquarium. It was a first for both Suha and I. It was an adventure as the doors were broken and one driver was hanging out it trying to fix it while the other was driving…Then they switched. The driver left and the other changed the bus number in the window…I thought, does this mean we are still going to the museum?? Suha got nervous and asked, we were still on the right bus.
We arrived and the building itself is an architectural masterpiece!! It also contained a water park, a natural science cinema and a snow world (yes, an entire floor dedicated to making its own snow to play in!!) and an Aquarium. We decided we were only interested in the Aquarium since it was very touristic and very expensive. 60 lira EACH, which is $30/person, but he got us in by saying I was his wife for a small fee of 35 lira for both of us, Turkish prices. Eyes down, keeping quite and handing him money goes a long way, I guess I look Turkish!! As soon as we were in, I became typical tourist, camera came out and I couldn’t stop pointing and exclaiming with the rest of them. It actually wasn’t that busy, thankfully, we had perfect views of everything. It was the best aquarium EVER, each tank had a theme for the fish and area of the earth it was highlighting. The music was very awe inspiring and the whole experience was rather dramatic. There were giant eels, sharks, sting rays, tuna, sturgeon, and all kinds of colorful reef fish. The tunnel was the coolest thing I have ever experienced. You seriously feel like you are underwater, though the shape of the tunnel made me sea sick a few times do to the movement of the fish and the distortion from the glass. I sat and sketched for 45 minutes , we finished the tunnel and decided to go back upstairs to the bathrooms before we left. HA! We literally waded through people to get back and I couldn’t believe how many people could actually fit in the halls!! How could they see ANYTHING!! It took us a while to get out. Then we hit the money maker, the REAL tourist trap! They had 4 guys photo shopping pictures of us and selling them for a pretty penny. Of course we bought some, grin!
|Notice the guys in back photo shopping away!!|
|Mado - very popular ice cream|
|10km of pebbled beaches|
|Our favorite cay place|
|"This is what happens to tourists that can't pay." ~Suha|