Hi Ruth Marie,
My daughter and I travelled in Greece in 2002. We went to
Samos mainly to get the ferry to the port Kusadasi and visit
Ephesus, which is an incredible site. I would not have
missed it for anything, and hope to travel in Turkey soon.
As for inexpensive and easy to carry gifts: In Kusadasi we
bought Turkish Delight candy which was much appreciated by
my friends. I also bought handmade leather sandals which
they loved. My daughter went wild over the brand name
clothes in the bazaar near the waterfront. In Samos they
have their own delicious Samian wine and I have to agree
with Lucy that we had some of the best pizza there. The town
of Pythagorio, which is about 15km from Samos, is very
pretty and is the site of the World Heritage listed ancient
city of Samos. It is also where we had the special goat in
the oven at the Taverna Maritsa.
Enjoy your travelling.
St. John's, Newfoundland