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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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Greece & Turkey 2011

Oct 12, 2011 - Parmukkale to Selcuk

I went to dinner with the group last night. Pete has a bit of a cold and we know how much he loves eating (ha, ha!) so he decided to stay home. I had Turkish ravioli which was delicious and cost 10 lira. You can eat very cheaply here if you want to. A few of us decided to walk home and after reassuring Serdar we knew our way, set off. Lovely evening and down the road we went...got to a fork in the road...which way shall we go. No-one really knew so we tried to flag down our driver who had dropped others off and was hurrying back to the...

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May 6, 2011 - Kusadasi to Ephesus

Probably the best weather of this tour so far which was good considering we were going to Ephesus which is predominantly outside. But before we roamed around the ruins of Ephesus we went to see what was reputed to be a house in the area where the virgin Mary stayed. Mary apparently came to Ephesus at some stage. The house is considered a shrine by both the Catholic and Muslim faith and has been visited by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict the current. The site was quite crowded although with the house being small you were not allowed to...

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Nov 10, 2010 - Ephesus

Left the hotel this morning and had a visit to a carpet production place that is part of a government initiative to train young women and retain the skills of carpet making. Girls are trained together at production house but work on the carpets on looms in their own homes and their is an element of quality control introduced through yarn selection and dye batch control. The new silk rugs are stunning and very fine. Silk cocoons were being unravelled and plyed into amazingly fine thread. Had a glass of the local wine while we had the "show"...

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Oct 28, 2010 - Hot springs and Ephesus

Rain followed by heavier rain. We were snug in the Aston – but did have the heater on as we hit our first cold day of the rally: 10 degrees. Our route was to some hot springs at Pamukkale where we would be able to swim. Whilst most people did manage a paddle in the natural terraces, thrown up by the salts in the water, all company seemed to disappear as we headed for the ancient pool. It was quite expensive to enter, but a good way to get warm (we were wet anyway) and fun to swim with lots of bits of marble column in the water .. yes the...

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Rallye Med 2010

Sep 22, 2010 - Greetings from Kusadasi, Turkey!

Greetings from Ephesus, Turkey! First off, feeling a bit better today. Actually slept pretty well last night, which I think helped a great deal. Still not 100%, of course, but on the mend. We got into the Turkey port about 6 AM this morning. After another breakfast on the balcony, we headed out for our tour excursion. There were several stops on the excursion, and you'll have to forgive me, but I don't remember them all. Kusadasi (pronounced Kush-a-da-si, "i" as in igloo) is actually where the port is located, and also where the first stop...

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Aug 25, 2010 - Kusadasi, Turkey

Lisa & I had signed up for different tours in Kusadasi, Turkey. She braved the crowds at Ephesus while I visited a village called Sirince. I only signed up for a tour because my travel agent said we would need to if we wanted the ship to secure a visa. This turn out to be incorrect but Sirince was pleasant just the same. There were just 11 of us and an excellent guide. The minibus dropped us at the bazaar but I hiked up to an old church for some peace and quiet. Our next stop was at a restaurant to taste some fruit wines and drink Turkish...

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