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Meet Mr Carpouza. Gertrude describes him as a fat and smiling individual, a natural at his chosen profession which was running hotels. In what was then Ayasoluk and is now Selçuk he not only managed his own business, the Hotel Ephesus, but also looked after the Hotel Huck, the nearby offshoot of the Grand Huck Hotel in İzmir. No doubt his silhouette reflected the need to dine regularly with two different sets of customers.

Both hotels stood beside the old Byzantine aqueduct behind Ayasoluk Station. The Hotel Ephesus survived into the 1980s but was then pulled down as part of urban development plans. By then it had been reduced to a lojman for railway workers as had the Huck, a two-storey building which eventually shed its top floor and metamorphosed into today’s Cafe Carpouza. Mr Carpouza’s photo still adorns a wall there.

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Gertrude never stayed at either hotel, preferring to visit Ephesus on day trips from İzmir. Instead she organised her onward transport with Mr Carpouza’s assistance, lunching with him at the hotel or stopping by for coffee and cakes after exploring the.ruins.

The Grand Huck Hotel in İzmir was lost to the Great Fire of 1922. Mr Carpouza is apparently buried in İzmir.

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