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Nov 22, 2009 - Ephesus

Travel in any of the countries around the Mediterranean, dig a hole, and you will discover Roman ruins. Kusadasi, a picturesque port on the Turkish riviera, is the location of the ruins of Ephesus, a major city under Roman times and an important spot for Christians, Roman Catholics in particular. But our first impression on arrival was that we were in the Caribbean. Northern Europeans, especially those from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, have found this spot and turned it into a vacation mecca. Since Turkey is not part of the...

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Nov 1, 2009 - Tour in Kudasi (Ephesus)

Great trip through ancient Ephesus. Went to Mary's house. Went to the ruins. Very cold and windy. But, great anyway. Had a biblical lunch. We saw how they got silk threads from the cocoons. Very worth the reinjured calf. Ouch. It was amazying that the ruins are thousands of years old and they have only just begun to uncover what the area truly might have looked like in the past. It was a busy market place at one time (reminds me of the Grand Bazaar). With great architecture and stone/marble carvings. It was interesting trying to imagine...

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Oct 12, 2009 - Ancient Glory

Coach (as in bus) is the preferred form of long distance travel in Turkey and is cheap and in plentiful supply. Coach stations may have 50 or more bays and are more akin to airport terminals than what we are accustomed to mostly elsewhere. Along the major routes there are also some major rest and service stops with excellent amenities to cater for the hundreds of coaches that ply the highways carrying their payload of thousands as they criss cross the country every day. In Pamukkale, a speck of a place despite it embracing the feet of the...

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Sep 17, 2009 - Ephesus tour

Dear friends, Some days ago I came back from the Mediterranean cruise, it was the first time we make the cruise trip, and it was very amazing! There is a lot to tell, but first of all I would like to tell some words about Ephesus tour we take part in after arrival in Kusadasi port. We found a travel agency through Internet searching, they were very flexible regarding the tour programm and the payment, we discussed some alternatives (they offer regualar tour, so you can join another group, and private tours, it is more expensive, but you...

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Aug 31, 2009 - Ephesus

Had another great tour among the ruins in Ephesus. Not many people this afternoon but very hot again. The boys did well and have now got the hang of 3 course breakfasts and room service. Got some great photos but may have screwed up on getting them posted here. Cant spend too much time trying to fix it at 5 cents US a minute and slow satellite speeds.

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Aug 18, 2009 - EPHESUS part II

By this time everybody was a little bit hungry, so it was time to stop for lunch. Cory and Elaine had struck up a conversation with Pauline and John, an older couple from Australia and joined them for lunch. Lunch was buffet style, and Cory and Elaine were happy to have the opportunity to try some of the different ethnic foods. With full bellies we boarded the shuttle bus to head to Mary’s house. It is believed that after Jesus was crucified, the apostle John took Jesus’ mother, the Virgin Mary, to Ephesus, and helped her settle into the...

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Aug 18, 2009 - EPHESUS part one

The tour we had booked was scheduled to pick us up at 9:00 am, so there was plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast. The camera was loaded with freshly recharged batteries, we had bottles of water, and Elaine remembered to take a Canadian bandana to cover her head from the sun. Our first stop on the tour was Ephesus. Ephesus is just a couple of kilometres from Selcuk and the oldest information about this city goes back to the middle of the 7th century BC. The apostle Paul who wrote many of the letters in the New Testament wrote one to the...

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Jul 10, 2009 - Ephesus and Kusadasi

I'm staying in the seaside city of Kusadasi on the Agean Coast at the moment and enjoying a few days of relaxation and wandering around through this bustling little place that is a cross between the French Riviera and Surfers Paradise. I've hit the jackpot with accomodation and managed to find a great little place that had a studio apartment, pool and breakfast included for about $20 a night which is great. Of course the standards of cleanliness are lacking somewhat but you can’t have everything I guess. I took a day trip out to Ephesus...

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Taking the Long Way

Jun 15, 2009 - #6 Ephesus

Everyone says you can't go to Turkey and not see Ephesus. The only problem for us was that it is a 7 hour drive from Kas. We debated the idea of coming home without seeing the famous ruins, the debate concluded that we had to go and having now returned to Kas safely we can say it was well worth the effort. The main roads are all pretty good and the driving is OK if you keep an eye on the rearview mirror for the people that like to go +/-160! Navigating is OK because of the good signage and I continue to be amazed with the google map...

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Moodies Do Turkey!

Jun 14, 2009 - Kasadusi, (Ephesus) Turkey

Kasadusi, Turkey – 6/14/09 Docked early afternoon and took a taxi to Ephesus (Efes Orenyeri), an ancient ruin about 25 miles from port. Kasadusi, a resort very popular with the Brits, is much more westernized than Istanbul and we only saw one mosque. You can’t throw a rock without hitting a mosque in Istanbul. Now we can say we’ve been to Asia, even if it’s Asia Minor.

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May 31, 2009 - The BVM Slept Here - Well Maybe

Istanbul to Kusadasi Sunday 5-31-09 The sail from Istanbul to Kusadasi was short, with our planned arrival on Sunday at 9:00A. We were able to get up and enjoy a good breakfast before we watched the arrival in this beautiful resort city on Turkey’s Aegean coast. While Kusadasi is nice (the #1 resort in Turkey), the major reason for cruise ships visiting is so they can sell shore excursions to the nearby ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus and the adjacent Meryemana – the possible last resting place of the Blessed Virgin Mary...

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May 23, 2009 - Day 6 (nicole)

Hey Everyone, It's Nicole again. So today we were in Turkey. We woke up late so when we got off the ship we rented a taxi to take us to the all the places. We first went to the house of the Virgin Mary, which we had to wait in quite a line to go throw. We got to light candles and tied our prays (which we wrote on receipt) to a wall of ribbons and paper. On our way out we made new friends (a bunch of kids probably on a school trip) who we keep running into the rest of the day. The kids only spoke Turkish and they tried to talk to us but we...

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