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Today we got a taxi to visit Ephesus, about an hours drive south to see the ruins of this city. I was a bit worried where the taxi driver was taking us but turned out all good (even tho he drove 160km on the motorway and Mark thought something didn't sound right in the back, turns out we had puncture on the way back ...
... to the game that if you win you can't celebrate and if you do your finger has to go back on. That was tough and a few of us got caught out so we re-named the game Humble.
One more happy hour cocktail and I was very tipsy and having the best time with my new friends. Joel, Maxine and I jumped into the pool again and didn't get out til 1am when we then went to bed. In Room G Scott, Joel, Maxine and I stayed up chatting and laughing. I ...
... and stories.
We also went to a carpet factory to see the traditional way of making silk and wool carpets. I know. sounds dull - it was actually so interesting and amazingly entertaining. Didn't buy a silk carpet though. A small rug was about $7000 and went up in price to $30,000. We were allowed to rub our feet on them though - so soft - that was pretty good!
A great day.
We started the day with a visit to the small, but nice Ephesus museum where they house many of the artifacts discovered at Ephesus including some nice statues.
Following the museum we went back to Julia's to finish up our shopping in Selcuk before killing a bit of time at a cafe waiting for our train. The train from Selcuk to Izmir is quite nice and modern, but still runs very slow (fast when it moves, ...
... that there were leaks on one side and cracks on another. The government had apparently advertised that they had contributed but in fact had hardly given anything at all. I left a small donation... again...
One of the other interesting sites Holger showed me was the birthplace of Sabbatai Tzvi - a false Messiah born in Smyrna in 1626 (he later ran foul of the Sultan and was given the choice to convert to Islam or die... ...