|View of Bodrum from the Crusader Castle (Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum)|
Bodrum is a peninsula lined with quaint bays on the coast of Turkey's Aegean shore. In the 1970s when people from the big cities like Istanbul or Ankara started to come here for summer vacations, they used to come to the center or the immediate periphery of Bodrum but these days people prefer the different bays like Yalikavak, Turgutreis, Gumusluk or Torba. However, the city center, which lacks decent beaches, is still a great place for shopping and entertainment.
|The iconic windmills are decorated with the colors of the landscape|
It would take probably about 15 minutes to get to the castle from the bus depot but I took my time, looking at souvenir shops, talking to the locals and taking lots of pictures. Even if you don't buy anything, the shops are so colorful and fun that it becomes a very enjoyable way to pass the time.
|The vine-covered walkway in the shopping arcades provide a cool respite from the summer heat|
|The view from a mosque courtyard|
There are several stalls that are situated along the walkway outside the walls of the castle. When I visited last year, I was in a hurry to get to the museum, so I couldn't stop and look at any of them. There was a glassblower who made the prettiest beads right there. I was happy to see that he was still there.
|The glassblower made evil-eyes as well as glass jewelery|
|Natural Sponges for Sale|
|Miniature traditional Bodrum houses|
|Bodrum Castle Underwater Archaeology Museum Cafe|
|Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum|
|Altar for Sacrificial Offering|
|Vessels found in the 11th century Serce Limani Glass Shipwreck|
|The minaret of the chapel-turned-mosque, courtyard of the Bodrum Castle|
|The chapel used by the Crusaders was turned into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest|