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We caught a train from Selcuk to Izmir - a one hour trip which seemed longer because we had to stand all the way - the first time this has happened. The train was very new, but only had three carriages.
Izmir is a modern city of about 4 million people and is situated on the coast. ...
... by the Goths. It may have been rebuilt or repaired but this is uncertain, as its later history is not clear. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from emperor Theodosius I, what remained of the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was ...
Today was a very eventful day all across the board culturally, musically, and educationally. We woke up early in the morning and traveled by bus to the holy site of Meyenmar. This is believed to be the last and final domicile of the holy Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. However, this breathtaking site atop the Turkish Bulbul mountain is highly disputed for its authenticity between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Holy Catholic Church. Many followers of ...
... to rest up and get dressed in a leisurely fashion. Today we had booked a tour to Ephesus. This is about a 90minute drive from Izmir which is the largest port in Turkey. Izmir is in the Asian part of Turkey in the province of Anatolia which means land of sunshine. All Turkish tribes speak the same language with only small differences in accents and dialects. Enroute to Ephesus our guide continued to provide us with interesting information about Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. ...
... sea day.
O.. one last thing... the call to prayer is supposedly five times a day here...we heard it once.. at 8am. That's all. It was a little odd to hear it. I'm sure there are perfectly nice Muslims but I think bad thoughts when I hear that freaky stuff. I feel like my redneck roots came out today but I don't care - these Turkish people are tricky and you have to be tricky back if you are going to get anywhere. Go Me!
PS - Sorry about all the cussing mom and ...