We woke to dark skies, not due to the weather, it was just early. By the time we got ready the sun was shining and we had a quick breakfast across the passage at the Neptune Lounge. We joined the group from the travel agency and left the ship for the tour to Ephesus. The guide was most interesting and helpful. We passed through Kusadasi which is a resort which could just as easily be in the south of France or Italy rather than Asia.
We went first to a restored home which is reputed to be the place where Jesus' mother, Mary, spent her last days. We then went to what we came to see - Ephesus. It was most interesting seeing the ruins of the various buildings and the manner in which they have been excavated and partially restored. The Austrian Government has spent a lot of money on the excavation, which I found interesting, considering their long history of animosity and more recent opposition to Turkey's application for membership with the European Union. The day was hot and sunny, even Christine wore her hat for the first time on this trip.
We left for lunch at a local restaurant, which was very tasty. We then went to the Ephesus Museum which contains artifacts gathered from the city, again, a very interesting experience. Some of the sculptures were most impressive.
We returned to Kusadasi to a carpet dealer and saw a demonstration of carpet weaving. They displayed a number of fine rugs, but we did not bite. The smallest silk rug was over $4,000.
We walked along the promenade at Kusadasi and took photos, then returned to the ship and rested before getting ready for dinner.
We had another great dinner then went to the show. It was a pianist who played everything from Joplin Hits to Elton John and was most entertaining between pieces.
Off to Rhodes tomorrow which feels like going home. It is the first place in six weeks that we have visited before!