The rain finally stopped late this morning, so we decided to go for a walk around lunchtime. We remembered that today’s the Friday food market, where all the villagers bring in all their produce into town to sell, so we set off for the market.
They have all sorts of produce here including dragon fruit and avocado, although both are rare. Spices, nuts, honey, beans, herbs, pomegranate syrup, yogurt, cheese, basically everything you’d need to cook a healthy meal can be found here.
As we were walking along the marina, we noticed a guy getting up from his bench looking alarmed and ready to bolt. Other people also stopped what they were doing and started looking around. It took us a while to realize that it was an earthquake – it’s hard to feel an earthquake while walking. Later, we found out that what they had felt was a 7.0 earthquake off Samos Island across from Ephesus, which is about 175 miles north of Fethiye. The city of Izmir has been impacted with buildings leveled and rising casualties, and it’s truly a gut wrenching sight to see. It reminds me of all the ruins we’ve seen these past few weeks. Some of the great ancient cities like Hierapolis and Ephesus all fell victim to one earthquake after another. After thousands of years, the outcome remains the same – Mother Nature always wins.