Selcuk and Ephesus

Trip Start May 24, 2008
Trip End Jul 26, 2008

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Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Our journey to Selcuk was uneventful.  Transportation continues to be comfortable and smooth running.  We truly enjoy a few hours every now and then on a bus.  We're not driving so it's mostly stress free, cost of public transportation is affordable, and you get to enjoy Turkish life and scenery from the bus windows as you cruise along.

We primarily traveled to the small city of Selcuk to visit one of the best-preserved classical cities in Turkey - Ephesus.  People first settled the area in about 600 BC.  Alexander the Great traveled through in 334 BC.  During Roman times, it was a great trading city that was nearer to the sea than today and served as the capital of Asia for the Roman empire with a population of around 250,000.

The ruins were impressive to say the least.  As often happens here in Turkey, you think about where you're standing and realize that you are on ground that so many of walked before you for thousands of years.  Events happened here that changed the world forever.  Great civilizations existed that probably couldn't imagine the day when they no longer would exist, much less the day when a couple from Wisconsin would come ambling by with their digital camera and water bottles.

The moral of the story?  Don't leave anything laying around your homes that you'd be embarrassed of 2000 years from now when the next generations of archaeologists come digging...

Enjoy the pictures!
Jon and Liz
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