Hisar Altinel Hotel
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... Ephesus. It's about a 3km walk from town, about 300m from the entrance an empty tour bus told us to hop on, so we had a quick chat with him before we went into Ephesus itself. Wow Ephesus ruins are amazing, we didn't expect it to be so big and well kept after visiting Troy. We spent ours walking around discovering the old town of Ephesus which housed 200,000 people. It's about 2km to walk from one side to the other and at times we wouldn't pass anyone unless it was around ...
The Marble Hall (from 275 AD), Lion Room and Room of Erots were of particular interest, especially as some of then sunk due to earthquakes.
I then stumbled upon an un-excavated part of the ruins, which was awesome, before jumping back on the bus at dusk to head home.
By the time I got home, it was late, so I just had dinner and watched Bayern Munich dismantle Man City before going to bed.
Things of Note:
- The excavations have ...
... the next day is their circumcision day.
From here, we visitied the Chora church, which is beautiful in it's own right, but also looks very much like a mini version of the Hagia Sofia.
We took some photos, Izzet grabbed my camera and walked around taking snapshots of angles he thought I would like, since we were running out of time.
From Chora, Idan drove us to the airport for Izmir, which was so nice!
We headed to Izmir. When we ...
... of olives, islands ancient philosophy and lazy lifestyles -Greece!
- Earthcake: Turkish pronunciation of earthquake :)
- kahve: coffee
- schwarzes: black
- tea-sugar-adream: our pronunciation of Turkish thank you
- 80% of the people of Istanbul were taking part in Ramadan while we were there! Streets are really quiet in the day and totally abuzz at night!!! ...
... coffee while the test of the group had milkshakes - given the heat, I probably should have followed suit. The drinks didn't take long, and before I knew it we were off to the farewell party. My cousin's fiancé's family hosted the party, which consisted of food, drinks, and lots of dancing and music! I'm not very good on my feet, but I found this dancing to be right up my alley! I met quite a few people who remembered me from when I visited a long time ago, and it was nice ...