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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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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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Jun 24, 2012 - Kusadasi-Ephesus-Pamukkale Day 5

23rd May 2012: Wednesday, and it's State of Origin day. O' well I'll have to see the next one when I get home. Back to the tour. Again a good day for sightseeing, warm and sunny. The hotel we stayed in last night was on the waterfront next to a marina. We had a good view of the marina, the room was large and we had a cool breeze blowing into the room. We had 2 balconies on the bedroom which we enjoyed as well. The meals were also good, buffet dinners and breakfast with a wide range of food groups. Typical Turkish. The bathroom was basic...

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May 31, 2012 - Selcuk, Ephesus, Pamakkale, Bodrum

SELCUK: Another just outstanding place!! The town itself has some great history: St. John’s Basilica -6th century- it is believed that he is buried here. We all stood in the baptismal. It is a huge site. He wrote the book of John in this Basilica. We enjoyed the site very much. We also saw the monument of Atremis – only 1 column of 106 left…one of the Ancient Wonders of the World! PAMUKKALE: means Cotton Castles in Turkish. We rented a car for 40E and drove to Pamukkale…known as the Holy White City as the Apostle Philip died here. At the...

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Nov 27, 2011 - Ephesus

Our last two days were spent in and around Ephesus, one of the greatest ruined cities of the western world. It was first built about 1000 BC. The ruined city we visited was founded in 400 BC, by Alexander the Great’s successor, Lysinachus, and the history goes on and back from here, but for us the ruins and the EFES MUZESI (museum) were a fitting climax to our journey We have been back in the states for three weeks but home for just four days. We made it to our annual RV rally in Palm Desert, spent time on the Salton Sea watching birds &...

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Oct 22, 2011 - Ephesus

Yesterday was the last day of the Turkey tour. We spent the morning in the ruins of Ephesus, one of the best preserved Greek & Roman sites in the world. We got there right as they opened the gates, so we were inside before the tourist hordes descended. By the time we left the place was packed with cruise ship people. We got back to Kusadasi by noon and had the rest of the day free, so I spent it walking around town. It's a nice place, but crawling with cruise ship people. The downtown area has rows of shops selling various tourist stuff....

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