Fruit wine and frollicking at Ephesus

Trip Start Feb 09, 2009
Trip End Dec 02, 2009

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June 3rd - Selcuk (Ephesus)

Today we visited the ruins of Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city in Turkey. It was a really hot day and although there were lots of people at the site (some cruise ships had pulled into Kusadasi) we managed to get around and see the sights. We had heard a lot of good things about this place and the Roman baths, the public toilets, the 25,000 seater ampitheatre and the library were impressively preserved. In other areas the archeologists had rebuilt some parts of the buildings so that you could get an idea of the shape of the fountain/building/column etc. On the way back to town we visited the site of one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis. Unfortunately due to earthquakes over the years there is only one lone column standing but it didn't take too much imagination to envisage what must have been a hugely impressive building. Later that afternoon things we met up with some fellow Fezzies; Brad, Jo, Beccy and Jess to visit the village of Sirince. This little place in the mountains above Selcuk has the reputation as a fruit wine producer and picturesque dinner spot. The drive up there in a Dolmus (minibus) was a bit hairy as the road was only single lane and there were no crash barriers to stop you plummeting a coinsiderable distance to your doom in the valley below. Plus the driver forgot to close the sliding door for a fair proportion of the journey! We tasted some fruit wines like mulberry, strawberry, kiwi, and pommegranite in a couple of places before trying to find somewhere to eat. As it gets visited by the big buses on a traditional Turkish village tour it seemed almost every villager was trying to sell tourist knick-crap and the restaurant prices were crazily high. So instead we hopped back in a dolmus and headed into town for a beer and a dirt cheap kebab with the rest of the gang.
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