Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Young Bones at Old Stones
From before she could walk, my daughter has been a regular at most of the ancient sites in South West Turkey. The older she got, the more she complained and I completely failed to infect her with the enjoyment I feel when I'm left to my own devices wandering around Iassos or Priene after all the tour buses have gone home. The only odeon she feels happy in, is the one that over charges for popcorn and pick'n'mix. If I ever dared to take her to two sites in one day she'd wail, "Mummy, not more stones". I didn't feel too bad about this as I once went to Avebury with one of my lecturers and his young son. The eminent archaeologist was trying to enthuse his child by sweeping his arm over the view of massive standing stones saying; "Look at what ancient man achieved thousands of years ago with only rudimentary tools." To which Sebastian replied, "God, they must have been bored".
So it was quite a surprise when my now 19 year old girl said she would accompany us on a tour of Bodrum castle, the Mausoleum, The Myndos Gate and Myndos all in the same day. I almost fell over backwards when she told my friend, Jane that she was enjoying the visit and .....that she found it interesting! We were on our way to Gümüşlük and were discussing all the sites we'd visited over the years and I was just beginning to think that maybe all those childhood visits had in fact made an impression after all and Jane asked my daughter her favourite place in Turkey. She thought for a bit and then answered.......Ikea.