Trip Start Jan 17, 2008
Trip End Jun 11, 2008

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Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Saturday, May 24, 2008

today i had a tour of hieropolis and pamukkale (two k's, one m).  hieropolis was really cool.  you enter at a huge necropolis, which is funny, because the place began as a health resort.  the ruins (the city) lies above the pamukkale on the top of some hills.  the ruins are very cool, surrounded with tall grass, thistles and wild poppies.  like i said, the place became important to christanity.  st. philip settled there and was martyered there and you can visit the ruins of the church built on the spot.  there are also mineral pools above and connected to the pamalukke.  the place was FULL of russian tourists who were seemingly determined to expose as much as their pasty flesh to the suns rays as possible, regardless of their figure.  for the most part i felt like following oedipus's example (at the end of his story, not the beginning).
i think i would have liked to spend a bit more time up there, but the tour was leaving....
so, now i'm in the small city of Seljuk, near the agean (you can see the greek islands on the coast).  it's got a cool atmosphere.  there's been some celebrations because apparently it's draft time (there's mandatory 15 month army service for 20 year old men).  tomorrow i check out the ruins of Ephesus, which was a mojor Ionian city (someone on the tour today, who saw Ephesus already and came to turkey from greece, said that the ruins at Ephesus puts the Acropolis to shame).  on sunday i check out three other city/ruins, one of which is Miletus, which was home to several famous pre-Socratics...
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