Ephesus - The Ancient Greek Settlement

Trip Start Nov 21, 2007
Trip End Oct 01, 2008

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Monday, August 4, 2008

We had to wait for a while at the bus station. Literally everyone asked where you were going and if you had bought a ticket. It was nuts. We finally connected with someone that knew about our tour. He took us to a hostel where we slept on the couch for 30 minutes before our guide woke us up!

We are so glad we pushed through to see Ephesus. Ephesus was an ancient city of Anatolia during the classical Greek period dating back to 10th century B.C. Ephesus hosted one of the seven churches of Asia that is referenced in Revelations in the Bible, and may be where the gospel of John was written. The coolest part of it that remains is the Library of Celsus. We also saw the Temple of Artemis (Diana) - one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Other things we walked around were Temple of Hadrian and some other temples we are not sure of the name. Our final stop was the Theater which could seat 44,000. Performers such as Madonna and Sting had performed there. They had to stop big concerts back in 1996 because the noise was moving the rocks and formations too much.

We had a nice lunch at a carpet weaving school. It consisted of salad, cigarette rolls (pastry with cheese), chicken, meatballs, rice, watermelon and some other kind of melon. Yes, we were able to eat which was a good, good sign. Of course, we were then given a "tour" of the carpet making and a chance to purchase a carpet.

Our guide then took us to the Museum where we got to see many originals from Ephesus. Just crazy how things from before Christ are out for you to touch! They had a nice display of the gladiators too which was pretty cool.

We were then dropped off at Atila's Getaway a few Kms out of town. We took a HARD nap for about 4 hours and spent the rest of the night hanging out in the hammock and resting on huge pillows by the pool. Great place to relax!
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