Making Friends at Laodicea city
Laodiciea is another extremely ancient city, reborn with archeological restoration. One of the seven churches of Asia mentioned in the Book of Revelation is situated here. Usually, it is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. We reached the place at 5:00 pm, but unfortunately the place was closed early that day. There was no one except a Turkish lady who came from inside after visiting the place and the security in charge. We requested him if he could allow us in; we told him that we came all the way from India and wanted to see the place. The lady and security in charge said in astonishment that most of the people from turkey didn't know this place and we came from India!!! He said he couldn't allow us inside, but said we can see the place from outside.
The sun was setting on the beautiful landscape; all of us settled in the grass for some fresh Grapefruit and conversations about other good places in Turkey, culture and history of the country. The lady was in her mid 40's, was from Turkey, settled in Barcelona, and she told us stories about Loadiciea. Though she was born and raised in Denizli, she had never visited this place before she said. She also said that may be this place was destined for us some other time (hopefully).
While leaving, the security in charge asked me to leave my phone number so that he could send me pictures of Loadiciea. He felt sorry that we missed going inside (I can easily get the images from Google, I thought, but shared my number anyway). It has been more than four months now since I came back to Mumbai. My phone buzzes even today with the photos he sends me every now and then. I am sure I can never get them on Google.