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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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Jan 6, 2009 - Roman toilets and callgirls in Turkey

1/6/09 We were the only truck passengers left in Cappadocia, sadly bidding farewell to our chums as they left in small bunches for Istanbul. We continued to wait until the last moment possible as Gavin valiantly tried to bring the truck back to life in the sub-zero temperatures. Our “tour” was officially supposed to end today, so we bought bus tickets onward. Around noon, Gavin miraculously got the truck going, but found that the thermostat was not working. It was time for us to leave. Not to be deterred by the delay, we decided to see some...

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May 2, 2008 - Ephesus & Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk is one of the world’s most historical cities with ruins a plenty and Ephesus (Efes) on its doorstep. Spent the morning at the best preserved classical city in the eastern mediterranean – Ephesus (Efes). This was a great trading city in its time and was a centre for the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility godess. I won’t bore you with the history but simply show you some shots of what remains. Had an amazing guide who very enthusiastically showed us the best spots for photos. Any Roman history buffs should recognize these shots....

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Apr 22, 2008 - Selcuk - Ephesus

We really enjoyed our visit to Ephesus today. The site is large and sprawling so it took us about 4 hours to properly investigate every nook and cranny. The city was once the Roman capital of Asia Minor with a population of 250,000 during and after the time of Jesus. Supposedly St. John and the Virgin Mary settled here, and St. Paul lived in the city for three years (about the time of 60 AD). The epic history of the site brought it to life for us and we took it all in while wandering the ruins. The highlight of the site is the Library of...

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Feb 7, 2007 - Ephesus

Yesterday we went on a tour of Ephesus. It is an ancient Greek and Roman city that has been built and rebuilt about seven times starting in the 13th centuary B.C. The Ephesus we saw was the 3rd Ephesus and it dates all the way back to the 3rd centuary B.C. We saw so many things: the theater that seats 25,000 people, the public latrine, the brothel and the first advertisement for a brothel, and the Library of Celsus. We also went to the Virgin Mary's house which Mary lived after Jesus died and St. John brought her to Ephesus with him. We saw...

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Cryssa's RTW Trip

Dec 13, 2006 - The Ruins: Ephesus and Aphrodisias, TR

Turkey has more Roman and Greek ruins than either Italy or Greece according to the Lonely Planet. Ephesus is considered the best preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean and gives you a feel for what life was like in Roman times. According to legend, Androclus, son of Kind Codrus of Athens, consulted an oracle about where to found a settlement in Ionia. The oracle answered, "Choose the site indicated by the fish and the boar". Androclus sat down with some fishermen near the mouth of the river. As they grilled some fish for...

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Oct 26, 2006 - Every Cloud has a Carpet Lining

Overnight bus to Selcuk. Oh, there goes the screaming and yelling again as I type - that means it's prayer time again 7:37 pm. That means it's some specific time in Mecca, but I'm not sure exactly what. You see, at this time of day, it kind of grows on you - it's really great to listen to, even enjoyable. You feel "immersed". Can't wait for 4 am... "Excuse me!" "Yes, Excuse me sir!" I really don't like that one. You see, for westerners, that one is a killer. If someone comes up to you smiling and says excuse me in a polite way, most of us...

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Oct 5, 2006 - Samos, Greece

The crowd at the Mykonos ferry dock grew rapidly as 11:00 p.m. approached. Cars and trucks lined-up hap-hazardly, back-packers assembled in little groups, families gathered around their belongings - all waiting for the over-night ferry to Samos. A distant speck of light soon transformed into our ship, and like the ferry we had arrived on, it too dropped an anchor and spun its stern around to the dock. After the usual kafuffle, everyone boarded or disembarked as required. Since this was an all-nighter, and berths weren't available, we looked...

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