The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Ephesus, Turkey

"Why are all these women in the men's bathroom?" --Ephesus, Turkey

Celsus Library, Ephesus

Celsus Library, Ephesus

Ephesus, Turkey

Great Theater

Ephesus, Turkey

St. John's Basilica, Selcuk

Jeff edits video at ANZ Guesthouse, Selcuk

Jeff, Jasmine, Mike

Melody, Ali, Jasmine

Jeff and Maziar (from Iran)


Monday, July 11. Bus to Selcuk/Ephesus. We stayed at ANZ Guesthouse (35 YTL/double). It turned out to be the friendliest place I have ever stayed. It's run by a Turk, Harry, who lived in Australia for twelve years and speaks with an Australian accent. The entire staff made an effort to introduce themselves and get to know everyone by name. His hostess, Jasmine (Jazzie), was an actual Aussie and made our stay a memorable one. When we were inspecting our room, which was right next to Jazzie's room, Jeff remarked at how hot it was in the room. Jazzie replied, "It's not that bad--I use a fan and sleep in the nude." A little too much information, I think.

Tuesday, July 12. Ephesus. In the morning, I met Maziar from Iran. As I was still planning to visit Iran later in my trip, I wanted to ask Maziar advice concerning travel to Iran. Harry got one of his staff, Ali, to drive Maziar, Jeff, and me to Ephesus (15 YTL admission). We arrived about 10 am and proceeded into the site. There were heaps of tourists. From the sounds of things, many were French. Ephesus is the best preserved ancient city in the Eastern Mediterranean. It was once the capital of the Roman province of Asia. The photos above depict some the more magnificent structures including the Celsus Library (built in 135 A.D.), a 25,000 capacity Great Theater, and a mile long marble paved street. This is truly a must-see for any visit to Turkey. We spent three hours at Ephesus before catching a bus back to Selcuk. In Selcuk, we visited the Ephesus Museum, which houses many of Ephesus' antiquities, and then hiked up to the St. John Basilica. St. John purportedly wrote the Gospel here to the Ephesians. Some people also believe that the Virgin Mary came to Ephesus with St. John.



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