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Tuesday, August 27: Day 127 – Prince’s Island

Rob and I were late getting up. Breakfast ends at 11 and it was 10:15. I said, “We better get going because breakfast is a big ordeal.” Rob thought that was funny. I counted 22 dishes for breakfast. That is an ordeal when you are used to a bowl of cereal.

Today we ride a horse drawn surry with the fringe on top to the middle of the island which is called Luna Park.

Watch this video to ride along with us:

It was a wild ride. I’m not sure if it is better to be in or out of the carriage.

We went to the Island museum. We saw a skull of a Dunkleosteos which is an extinct armored fish. This skull is about three feet wide.

They had an interesting display of island books and stories to read. We learned more about the Amazon woman warriors. This island was the location of exiles who were left to fend for themselves. Some even had their eyes gouged out first!! Ouch.

Sometimes when I am looking for books to read on a subject, I feel that I am being fed ones that need to have their sales numbers increased. I like to research locally.

I am very interested in the Sack of Constantinople in 1204 and would like to read a book on it someday. I came across the website that was very informative on Byz. (That is a new word for me.)

Books Synopsis

We hiked about a half mile to the highest point of the island. See the small islands in the distance. We were staying on the biggest Prince’s Island.

I was so hot and sweaty but was rewarded with an awesome island breeze. There was a restaurant on the top.

At the table next to us were three men from different countries conducting an interview in English. How odd! Let’s wear him out on the steep ascent to see if he can make it in our company. Then we will interview him.


Most of the cars are white. This helps when the sun is so bright and the temperature is high.

When we stop at a restaurant and park the car, someone is usually washing the cars. Sometimes it is a service of the restaurant; other times it is for tips.

Check out this police car. Believe it or not, it is a cardboard cutout and is about 2″ thick. It is very effective.

Islamic Burial

There is a coffin in the village that is used to carry the dead. If there is more than one, the second deceased would be carried next.

The deceased is washed, and wrapped in a white shawl. The body is not embalmed. The jaw is tied shut. There is no coffin for burial. The body is put into a deep hole 10-12 feet. It is covered with wood and then a carpet.

Who Discovered Vaccines??

When I was getting a degree in microbiology, we studied vaccinations. My professors indicated that Edward Jenner was the father of vaccinations. He used the milder cowpox to innoculate a child and then later exposed him to smallpox. (The diseases are related.)

But later, I read about the travels of Lady Mary Montague for an English research paper and realized that SHE was instrumental in the use of vaccines. She learned about innocuating the young while she was living in Turkey. We could call HER the mother of vaccinations.

Turkish grandmothers had been innoculating young children in the autumn for who knows how long. So, Turkish women are the grandmothers of vaccinations.

But who taught them?

Lady Mary Montague and Vaccination

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