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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 ...
... t know, Cleveland? Luckily we had a spot one block in from the water. Once we checked in and shamed ourselves for not listening to our wise friends, we went out to check out the scene. We walked the block to the water and were very happy to find a lovely esplanade with large grassy knowls and row after row of restaurants on the other side of the water.It was very pretty.
There were lots of groups of people gathered on the grass, some making bonfires, ...
... this time to the ancient ruins. This covers a large area and meant we were walking in the sun of 36 degrees for two and a half hours. Very interesting but HOT and very tiring. We were all stuffed by the end so a 20 minute drive to lunch at a country home was good. It was a nice buffet lunch with at least 30 different dishes to choose from. From here it was another 20 minute drive to a Turkish carpet weaving place where we had the whole process explained ...
... is a little predictable at this point, but delicious nonetheless.
Afterwards we head back to Izmir. We have dinner on our own at a different sea side cafe as the sun sets over the water. It's a lovely sunset photo op. Then a walk up the square to the quays and back to the hotel.
Sunday May 19 Day 17/3 Izmir
Today begins much like yesterday with a 2 hour bus ride. This time we're heading north to the town of Bergama. It sits below the hilltop acropolis of ...