Local Ruins

There’s not much to explain on these pictures.

Awhile back we visited some local ruins with friends.

It’s now a place for locals and visitors to walk through history and learn more

or just have a picnic!

Local Ruins

Local Ruins

Huge pillars

Huge pillars

Oldest and Youngest

Oldest and Youngest

Grand

Grand

The kids loved to get out and burn energy climbing and exploring.

There aren’t many parks in this part of the country and we find this place so much better than a playground!

More of the structure

More of the structure

Tunnels, mosques, walls

Tunnels, mosques, walls

The city beyond

The city beyond

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Rug Shopping

Goat & Sheep Hair Rug

Goat & Sheep Hair Rug

After My Love bartered and worked the prices down to a fair price for both,

we got 6-8 rugs! The above is one of them.

My long lovely kitchen rug

My long lovely kitchen rug

And I love this one as well!

Free toy tokens for kids

Free toy tokens for kids

For us, we went to a particular city known for it’s handmade rugs.

I wasn’t particular on buying used or new,

but I did want quality and good colors with middle eastern designs.

In most shops the kids were given chocolates or stuffed animals.

The salesmen know the kids can make or break a deal!

Made in a loom by hand

Made in a loom by hand

We spent the most time with one owner, I feel like his name sounded like Mustafa. Seriously.

And he was a character but quite friendly and generous.

This is his loom within his tiny store (step 6 feet further behind the camera and you are out the door).

The kids "thrilled" with seeing the loom.

The kids “thrilled” with seeing the loom.

Clearly the kids are hitting their final wall of smiling for people and cameras.

They were done being on display.

Working the crank to divide out the material for the rugs

Working the crank to divide out the material for the rugs

Mustafa even let us work some tool that helped him in creating the rugs.

Patiently Waiting outside a mosaic shop

Patiently Waiting outside a mosaic shop

Kids are welcomed in this culture but it’s still surprising for locals to see how many we have

because how many other crazy foreigners do you see traveling with 4 kids??!

And I’ll gladly take them to the moon and back because they are worth it and

traveling and learning and experiencing new cultures is worth it!