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Sep 6, 2006 - Selcuk

The bus for Selcuk left Marmaris otogar at 12:00pm, and I must say that the ride was definitely the best I've ever had. The bus was very new and they had bus conductors wandering up and down the aisle distributing coffee, tea, water, coke and even muffins as complementary. The bus driver didn't even smoke and the conductor strictly enforced the no cellphone rule. The bus company was Pammukale so if any of you are planning a trip through Turkey remember this recommendation. We had to change buses at Aydin 2 hours up the highway. Fortunately,...

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Aug 31, 2006 - Selcuk & The Ruins of Ephesus

Selcuk and Ephesus are sort of one ın the same. The only difference is one is like old town and the other new. Old being from about 4th century BC while the new being from somewhere around the mid 70s I would guess. But yah, the castle in the center of town is cool looking, outside of that Selchuk doesn't have much to offer that any other town wouldn't offer as well... except the one dollar donair of course. Taste wrappy goodness for cheaper then the cost of supporting a third world orphan. I love it. Never going to Mcdonalds again. That's...

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Aug 28, 2006 - 12 hour bus ride...one toilet break

After looking around at the stores, we lıed a lot to get out of places and not buy anythıng. We made ıt back to the hostel and got the taxı back to the bus statıon. Not lookıng forward to the 10 hour bus rıde. The bus arrıved 30 mıns late so not a good start but we were on our way. We got held up at another poınt whıch we thought was a traffıc accıdent. We later were ınformed by a gentleman ın front of us that spoke Englısh that traffıc had been stopped ın both dırectıons for a blessıng of the dynamıte that they were usıng to wıden the...

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Aug 20, 2006 - Ephesus

Ephesus - centre of the Roman Empire for many centuries, was our next stop after an exhilarating 8 hour bus ride through the Turkish plains. A journey which gave us ever increasing insight into earthquake casualty numbers as we observed the quality construction tequniques adopted by the Turks. All buildings off the same specifications and design, with aesthetics a very low priority. Another curiosity - where do all those people work? Huge swathes of housing and nary a job opportunity in sight (except building the same block over and over)....

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Jul 25, 2006 - Ephesus

Hello Everyone, Today we have visited the ancient Greek/Roman city of Ephesus. As one of the best preserved classical cities of the eastern Mediterranean, you get a taste of what life must have been like 2000 years ago. The city buildings and the column lined streets are all built of white marble. After a massive earthquake, the city was abandoned and only about 15% has been excavated. There are plenty of mosaic floors, ionic/doric/corinthian columns, statues, and engravings (in Greek) to give you a sense of the grandeur of the place. The...

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Jul 7, 2006 - Wedding Crashers (Selçuk, Turkey)

MY BIG FAT TURKISH WEDDING A phenomeonal aspect of travelling is being able to meet a variety of people and engage in an exchange of ideas. While on a shuttle bus at the Izmir Otogar (Izmir bus station)waiting to go to the town of Selcuk, Neeta and I struck up a conversation with Halil, a 24 year old English Language Studies student. He was going to Selcuk to attend a friend's wedding in the nearby village of Zeytinkoy. Halil overheard Neeta and I talking about the home of the Virgin Mary (located just outside Selcuk) where she is said to...

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Jun 9, 2006 - Travelling through the Middle East (& Egypt)

One tragedy of the ongoing terrorist activities in the Middle East that rarely gets mentioned is the fact that it keeps the rest of the world away from this part of the globe. Although understandable, by deciding to avoid the Middle East out of caution so many people are missing out on what is a truly phenomenal and unique traveling experience. For me the culture of the Middle East and Egypt (the people, the sounds, the food, the language and just the way things are done) will leave just a big an impression as its amazing history and...

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Jun 9, 2006 - Capadocia, Olympus, Pumukkale & Olympus - Turkey

I guess it's fair to say my ignorance of what Istanbul had to offer can be broadened to include the whole country. Obviously I've talked about Istanbul, Gallipoli and Troy but they are only three parts of a gem of country that is Turkey. In 9 tough days of travel encompassing 4 bus rides totaling 42 hours, I visited some truly spectacular places containing a mixture of natural and man made wonders. The area of Cappadocia is by far the most striking of these places. As a result of volcanic activity several million years ago, it was buried...

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Jun 6, 2006 - Ephesus, terra de uma das 7 maravilhas e da Virgem

Depois de perder a hora corremos para nossa primeira atração da Turquia, Ephesus. Trata-se das ruínas mais conservadas do Mediterrâneo, local que foi capital provinciana de Roma, abrigou o templo de Cybele (Artemis para os Gregos ou Diana para os romanos) e a casa da virgem Maria. Ao ver as ruínas desta antiga cidade romana (600 AC) é fácil imaginar sua beleza original. Ainda hoje permanece muito mais bonita que sua irmã mais famosa, Acrópolis, em Atenas. Como foi centro de comércio entre a Europa e a Asia se desenvolveu e enriqueceu...

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Jun 5, 2006 - A Turquia é a minha cara!

Merhaba amigos! Chegamos na Turquia, minha casa. Quando morei na Alemanha todos os turcos me tomavam como seus compratriotas e já saiam disparando seu turco pra cima de mim. Aqui não é diferente e já deu pra perceber as razões. Os turcos ostentam sombrancelhas fartas, para não usar o termo "taturanas" que não convém, cabelos e olhos escuros e um nariz capaz de sugar mas ar que os demais. Poxa, sou turco e não sabia. A Renata insiste em dizer que sou muito mais bonito que meus amigos locais... o amor é lindo! E tem mais, o povo turco não é...

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May 17, 2006 - Selçuk

If we were ın charge of the rules ın Turkey, there would at least be one new one. The person chantıng the mornıng prayers at 5 am would have a soothıng, melodıc voıce. No more out of tune mournıng, for goodness sakes. Öh, and we'd not allow touts to be any closer together than 50 feet. As ıt ıs, you can't get rıd of one before another ıs tryıng to sell you the same darn thıng! So after being welcomed like family into our pension, we went to the sites in Selçuk - Ephesus, St. John's Basilica and the Ephesus museum. Perhaps the most...

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May 14, 2006 - Selcuk

We left Marmarıs on a bus to Selçuk, Turkey, whıh ıs just south of Izmır and right next to the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. They call it Efes here, which is also the name of the main beer here. It is redicously good. Our hotel is a beautiful small place- completly decked out in classic Turkish decor. There are Turkish carpets everywhere, as the owners of the hotel also own the carpet shop next door. They took us to a wonderful town near Selçuk called Soguçak. A very small town that ıs popular with the locals for its shops and...

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