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Some travellers "collect" UNESCO listed sites. We have inadvertently collected saints' tombs. St. Peter's in Rome, St. Philip at Hierapolis, St. John the Evangelist at Selcuk. Merymana, near Ephesus, is the last place the Virgin Mary lived after fleeing her home, with St. John, after the crucifixion. A church is built over the foundations of her house. Had we found Antioch, we would have found the tomb of St Paul, but we could not find Antioch. Aphrodisias was a Roman town built to ...
... Divine singled it out as a throne to the devil. It was huge. So big in fact that instead of being converted to a church the Christians built the church inside it. Same with the mosque once the Ottomans came.
Unfortunately we were running out of time and weren't able to visit the Asceplion - the medical centre where Galen laid the foundation for medical practice.
Driving further south we were slowed a little with peak hour traffic. Especially around ...
... mainly because there are few pavements and even fewer crossings.
While we are on the subject of roads, it pays to shop around for the diesel. There is clearly no price cartel such is the variance between petrol stations. Shell are the most expensive at TL 4.47 per litre (about NZD 2.61), but Turkgaz is only TL3.99 per litre (NZD 2.32)....still dear compared to Aotearoa. Still, we can't complain, our 2.5 litre bottle of IceTea, ...
... of Phillip and Sophia, who represent curiosity and wisdom. And that's where the word "philosophy" comes from! Public rules carved into the South Agora Gates by the library: "Do not talk to women you don't know" (that elicited a chuckle from the tour group) and "Do not pee in public places" (#ephesusproblems). The Great Theatre took a heck of a long time to climb up. By the time I reached the top step (I was carrying way too much stuff), I was too tired ...
... or book one of his tours. People here are just genuinely friendly.
Met a couple of Taiwanese guys at the train station. Chatted for a bit. It felt weird using Mandarin in Turkey, but whatever.
Train ride from Selcuk to Izmir airport was good. All stops were announced in Turkish and English. Flight from Izmir to Istanbul was fine too.
The worst part of getting to Cappadocia was the five-hour wait in Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport for ...