Izmir to Selcuk
Trip Start May 07, 2010
18Trip End May 22, 2010
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This morning we left Bergama early for Selcuk. Unfortunately there were no direct bus to Selcuk, so we ended up taking the small transfer bus first to Bergama Otogar then transfered to Izmir. We met a nice couple from Japan who are also travelling around by themselves. After a quick chat, they showed me their itinary. The are actually travelling around for 2 1/2 weeks but at a slower pace. They are so organized that they have the hotel already reserved. We found out they are using Izmir, which is a much bigger city and transportation hub,as a base then explore the area. As for our itinary, we are just going from ruin to ruin where transportation may be more difficult. But then again, travelling from Canakkale to Izmir is about 8 hours and a whole day is wasted on the bus, so our choice has its own merit. At Izmir Otogar, I bought a gyro sandwich for lunch but the server dumped too much salt on the Doner chicken and the whole thing is not even edible so I asked the server to give me a new sandwich
Upon arrive to Selcuk, we checked into the hotel that is in the guide book instead of listening to touts crowding around our bus pushing us to go to their pension. After we checked in, we also signed up for the local tour for 80 lira per person including guided tour of Ephesus, Virgin Mary's final resting place and temple of Artemitis. Our hotel staff told us to go and visit the Greek cityof Sirince, but looking at the brochure, it doesn't looked all that attractive, so instead we decided to spend the rest of day visiting Ephesus since it is the premier attraction of this area.
Ephesus was built back in 600 BC, it failed to build a protective wall and was attacked by Lydian empire and soon fell to it. It later swtiched hand between several rulers until it became the capital of the Asia minor due to it proximity to the ocean as a port. The city prospered with lots of wealth, they build gigantic temple, and housed one of the largest ancient library of the world second only to great Library of Alexandria
After visiting the terrace houses, we went up the steps to visit upper Ephesus. This is where the smaller amphitheatre, more beams, ruin are located at . I found a white mulberry tree and follow the locals and picked some to eat, mmm delicious.
We had dinner at our hotel but the internet was too slow, we bought some fruit for dinner and call it the night.