Day 12: Traveling to Bursa, stopping in Sardes

Today was mostly composed of traveling on a bus, leaving the little town of Pumakkale and sitting on a bus to the city of Bursa. We left at the early time of 8:00 am and left the really nice hotel. On the way however we stopped at a little ruin site of an ancient city called Sardes. This was a very prosperous city during the Ancient Roman times due to the amount of gold that ran through it’s rivers while also being the home of the largest Synagogue during the Roman times due to all of the Jewish traders. The myth behind all the gold is that the home of King Midas was up the river in the city of Gordan. When King Midas tried to cleanse himself in the river, all the surrounding sediment turned to gold, at least according to the legends. The most famous part of the ruins was the gymnasium which featured an indoor swimming pool, well at least the ruins. About two hours after the ruins we stopped and ate lunch at a gas station restaurant which was surprisingly very good. At about 4:30 we arrived in Bursa, the fourth largest city in Turkey with about population of 2-3 million. We took a little walking tour through this extremely busy and packed market, had some free time and then went to dinner in the hotel at 6:30. The dinner was a 3 course meal with a salad, soup and a meat dish. It was pretty tasty for the most part. After dinner we were given the chance to walk around Bursa with the objective of not getting lost. Overall it was a very long and tiring day but I’m happy to be in Bursa.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Bus Rides = The Worst)

Jack Lycke