SUN COMES OUT FOR VISIT TO VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE, TURKEY 1976

 

View from Virgin Mary’s last house

THURSDAY 21ST OCTOBER, 1976 – PART TWO

‘Back down to town; some of us had stuffed peppers, chips and tomatoes (Heidi, me, Adrian, Chris, Hans).

Nice town [Bergama] lots of food stalls and shops.  Quite clean.  Sun came out.  Scenery looked much better in the sun – blue sea and clear outline of sandy hills covered in olive trees.

Stopped at Izmir.  Soldier called Hassan attached himself and offered to find the Meaders’ place [parents of school friend who were living there].  Not enough time, so gave up.  Met up with Mark, Paul and Julie.  Very modern and busy port.

Salcuk from Nightingale Mountain

Next stop was early evening at house of Virgin Mary up on Nightingale Mountain, outside of Salcuk.  Really peaceful and serene setting among terraced gardens and lots of trees, view out to sea, sun beginning to go down.  Lovely little chapel built on remains of house; sat inside for a while, attendant gave me free guide.’