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May 3, 2015 - More Roman ruins: Assos and Ephesus

Making good time on the truck, we were treated to a bonus stop at Assos, site of a Roman temple to Athena perched high on a hill. Breathtaking views and random ruins abounded, while the cobblestone town streets leading up to the site were lined with touristy stalls and Turkish women wearing traditional headscarves and baggy MC Hammer pants. Wetting our appetite for the extensive ruins of Ephesus, we re-visited this site (see our post during our Africa and beyond trip in 2008). This time Endeavor Overland provided us with a guide, making the...

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Nov 12, 2014 - Ephesus

To the ancient city of Ephesus we went. I thought of the Paul and his travels. There was a thriving early Christian church here. Paul visited as well as spent time in jail in Ephesus. It is here that the artisans became upset when they felt Paul was impinging on their profits by supposedly speaking against the Goddess Artemis (Diana). It was their concern that the sale of statuettes of Artemis would decline due to the teachings of Paul. It should be noted that Paul did not speak to the crowd that gathered in the theatre and shouted "Great...

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Sep 7, 2014 - 3rd Port on Med. Cruise - Ephesus, Turkey

Amazing day starting off with another 'Toe Pic' over the ship railing in port. We were somehow the first off the ship at 7 a.m. We took a quick walk through the port and met our tour company immediately. Because it was a private hire tour, and because we were so early, our guide xxxxxx decided to add on a tour of the house of the Virgin Mary where it is said that she lived her final years, and he told us of the various "proofs". A busy site on a Sunday with mass scheduled for 8:30 and lots of pilgrimages taking place. We visited the house,...

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Living the Dream

Jul 21, 2014 - Ephesus Turkey

We ported in Kusadasi Turkey (Asia) for our visit to Ephesus. We had scheduled a private tour with our Aussie friends with Ephesus Shuttle. Our guide met us when we exited the ship, and we drove in a nice, air conditioned Mercedes out to Ephesus. Our driver's name was Ferit, and our guide's name was Ilker. Ilker was our favorite guide of the entire trip, and this was one of our favorite excursions. Our first stop was the House of the Virgin Mary where legend says that John brought Mary after the death of Jesus. She lived here until she...

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Mediterranean Cruise

Jul 9, 2014 - Ephesus, Turkey

Wednesday, July 9 Today was an amazing day ! We were in Turkey which we just learned is a part of Asia. That was interesting. When we booked this cruise and the shore excursions I had no desire to even leave the boat in Turkey but it's been one of my favourite stops so far. We started by getting on a tour bus and heading up to the House of Virgin Mary. It was a place a woman discovered in a dream and she led archaeologists up to this giant hill in Ephesus and they found it. Was definitely a peaceful experience to be standing there. The tour...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Religion and Ruins

Got up around 6:00 and had the buffet breakfast. Normal fare, a bit less than most. An interesting feature was a complete honey comb hung for people to take a piece of if they wanted it. No butter or milk however. At about 7:00 we (about ½ the bus – the Syrians stayed in town) we headed out to Ephesus for a full day tour. We drove by the Aegean Sea for part of the trip and as we approached the town we saw a 2000 year old out-fortress on top of a hill – part of an early warning system for the area. Into Ephesus and it looked like most of the...

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Turkish Travels

Oct 29, 2013 - Ephesus, Turkey

Oct 29 – Kusadasi and Ephesus, Turkey We travelled overnight – very smooth and quiet – and wakened in Kusadasi, Turkey to a lovely baby blanket sky: pink and blue. Apparently we are having exceptional weather for this time of year. It was warm and sunny both yesterday and today with highs over 20C. Our big destination today was Ephesus, an ancient city that at one time had over 250,000 people in it (and no bears). We decided not to take a tour because Myrna was there 5 years ago and Grammar was there 43 years ago. (Grammar does not remember...

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May 17, 2013 - Kusadasi & Ephesus

May 17 With the port city of Marmaris behind us, our van drives toward the once Imperial Roman capital of Asia, Ephesus. It's a long drive from the seaport to Ephesus and we stop in Kusadasi for lunch before continuing on to our afternoon hike in the ancient city. We catch a glimpse of the excavation at the base of a hillside and then plunge right into the rubble-strewn ruins with the resurrected columns along the road to the library (one of the most recognized landmarks in all of Turkey). While the Odeon (concert hall) is a gigantic find...

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May 14, 2013 - Gulet Day 2 - Exploring the Abandoned City

May 14 It was wonderful to sleep in and not have to rush off to a van for our transportation to the next exploration. Our boat is both our home and our transportation! The chef is busy making a delicious breakfast and as we motor to our next cove and the chance to go ashore for a hike, we enjoy the sea breeze. In our anchorage, we see a small boat with an enterprising seller of ice-cream! There are other boats in the calm cove, but not as many as we had encountered on the Luxury Junk in Vietnam. After breakfast, it's off to shore and a van...

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May 9, 2013 - Mediterranean Cruise contd2

Day 5 -– 9 May TURKEY Ephesus and Kusadasi -- What an awesome day! A training day and tour day. Split into 2 main groups we had the opportunity to visit the biblical Mary’s last home and church built over the home, and the beautiful grounds; went on the Ephesus, the absolutely awesome ancient Roman archaeological site; have a traditional Turkish lunch and see the process and making of silk carpets; and then after lunch participating in a fun and enlightening exercise interacting and bringing as much joy as possible to the locals of...

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Feb 5, 2013 - Ephesus

Today we drove in Homer the 18km back to Ephesus (Efes in Turkish). This was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city. It is Turkey’s top tourist destination after Istanbul, and probably the most famous ancient city after Pompeii. We parked in the carpark, and were immediately approached with an offer of a free shuttle to the upper entrance, with a stop at a carpet seller on the way! The carpet place turned out to be about 15mins drive back towards town, but we were given the spiel and learned more about carpet making with no...

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Nov 11, 2012 - Ephesus

Ephesus was quite a surprise to me. I had pictured this quaint little village that Paul preached in (Acts 19:1-10.) Instead, it was a major city! We went by bus from the ship to the city where our guide then led us through the city. We traveled the main thoroughfare first. Then we climbed (and I do mean climbed!) to the terrace houses where the wealthy lived in Roman times. Climbing up into the houses was not too bad as our guide stopped often to tell us about the houses and the excavation work. But coming down was brutal as the steps going...

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