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Oct 16, 2004 - Selcuk / Ephesus
Well... Thursday was spent in a dolmus...then a big fancy bus...then another dolmus..then a private fancy minibus to get to our hotel in Selcuk. A long day but a lovely hotel to relax in. They have a rooftop terrasse that is fitted out with low cushioned and carpeted benches...water=pipes etc. everything to accomodate the tourist and very attentive and friendly service by the hosts. They also own the carpet shop up the road so do double business with all of their clients. We hired a guide to take us through the ruins at Ephesus for three...Jump to full entry
Oct 15, 2004 - Selcuk.. we have arrived
Well..it is not easy trying to figure out the keyboard on this machine/ I can#t find a comma or an apostrophe so look out! We have spent the past two nights in Assos following a 7 or 8 hour drive from Istanbul with the owner of the hotel we stayed in there/ Hakan neede to visit someone he had given a deopsit to for a property. The fellow had sold the place to someone else so he was coming to get his money back. five of us squished into his rental car and had a lovely time chatting with him about anything and everything... We stayed at a...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2004 - Samos
Samos is absolutely beautiful. Of course it helped that the sun was sparlking on the "wine dark sea" and we were happy to get out of Turkey and into a country that understands about coffee. The Turks do not really drink coffee .. they drink tea all day long, green tea , black tea, apple tea, peach tea ..... 10 cups a day at minimum. Anyway, Samos ... steep mountains clad with forests of oaks and plane trees interspersed with cypresses for textural and colour variation, blue, blue sea stretching out into the distance and gleaming white...Jump to full entry
Oct 10, 2004 - Is that an Ancient wonder of the World?
SERIOUSLY!!! it was... We travelled to Selcuk, where we got to see one of the 7 Ancient wonders of the world! (The Temple of Artemis) What we didn't realise is that it is just a pillar, and it is surrounded by long grass (we nearly didn't even see it) However it was Ephusus that we came all this way to see, this was the second largest Roman civilisation in it's time. It was awesome! The library was definately the most impressive as you have to wonder how this shit has managed to last for such a huge amount of time in such great...Jump to full entry
Oct 5, 2004 - Atilla's, Ephesus
Extract from my e-mail Journal: I travelled from the surprisingly delightful Bodrum with two friends who were guests at the Pink Palace Barbara and Brooke. I convinced them to let me tag along while they went to Attila's Getaway. Attila's is another backpacker hostel but is by no means run of the mill. It is located out in the Turkish countryside a stone's throw from Ephesus and several other tourist sites. All the buildings at Attila's face onto a tree filled garden with an icy swimming pool at its core. In the evening the guests hang out...Jump to full entry
Sep 29, 2004 - Kusadasi
Last nights Cocktail party and meeting the Captain was a fiasco. If one didn't get stamped by the rude Germans and pretentious Italians, one tired of boredom, because it was 3/4 hour late starting and the Captain and Officers only made a brief visit, when another stampede began to get to the dining room. We woke up this morning to a very warm hazy day travelling towards Kusadasi. After breakfast we returned to our cabin to catch up with our writing. It is strange to see the mountains rising behind the haze of the sea. When we docked we went...Jump to full entry
Jul 20, 2004 - Hoşgeldinız
Kuşadası, high 30s, sunny Lots of time to think on the bus today, and I tried to reflect about this land of complete contradictions and what I'm getting out of being here. This morning we went swimming in the ancient pools at Pamukkale, which resembles something from Disneyland except that those moss covered columns that you climb over as you swim, the marble faces looking out at the Russian tourists in their ill-fitting swimsuits, those are all REAL. On the other hand, there's nothing particularly real about Kuşadası, where we're staying...Jump to full entry
Jun 20, 2004 - Guess who is sunburnt?
I love Turkey! This is such an amazing country--which I was not at all expecting. Friday I spent the day at the Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque. The Aya Sofia is an amazingly old red mosque used for all kinds of stuff back in the day-religious and political and now it is a museum that is over 1000 years old. I was in awe. I promise pictures soon-Alan is going to show me how to upload them to this thing. The Blue Mosque is still used today and it was very lovely on the inside. I had to take off my shoes and make sure that I had a scarf to get...Jump to full entry
Apr 13, 2004 - Ephesus
This morning we left early for Ephesus, a very fascinating place with loads to see. We were able to stroll down what was the main road and see shops, houses and temples as far as the eye could see. The fabulous Celsius Library was awesome. We visited the Theatre, the same one that Paul preached in and Roman Dramas were performed. It is in Ephesus that the last remaining pillar of the original Temple of Artemis is. After Ephesus we detoured to the Naturel Leather Factory and were treated to a fashion parade accordingly. Afterwards we were...Jump to full entry
Mar 8, 2004 - Selcuk, Ephesus, and surrounds.
We left the cool little town of Canakkale on an overnight bus to Selcuk that left the waterfront at midnight; one would think that after four months on the road we would have learned to avoid overnight buses, but our restricted time in Turkey has necessitated such measures. That said, the bus we were on was probably the best bus we have ever been on. It served food and drink, all electrical gizmos worked, and it looked nice to boot. Good times in Turkey! We arrived not at the scheduled time of 8am, but two hours earlier at 6am. This little...Jump to full entry