Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

 The third day of our cruise, we stopped in Izmir, Turkey. We did an excursion that involved going to Ephesus and the Virgin Mary's house. Ephesus is a beautiful site of ruins, and it is one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Everything was made of marble and granite. In Ephesus was the Odeon theatre, with all seats and stairs made of stone, built to hold 25,000 people. The building most intact was the Library of Celsus. All of the marble columns and buildings in Ephesus were amazing, and there was even a marble street that we walked down. It was once a very important place. It was first founded by the Ionians, and was the capital of the Roman province of Asia.

 The Virgin Mary's house was just a little stone place. It was where she lived during the last years of her life. It was found very crumbled, with only the bottom couple layers of stones left, and was rebuilt to how it is estimated it was back then.

 We tried turkish delight, which is a super popular thing in Turkey. Tons of people were walking around trying to sell it. I remember in the Chronicles of Narnia, the main character guy was with the witch (I think) and she asked him what food he wanted, if he could pick any. He said he wanted turkish delight. That memory popped into my head as people were yelling "Turkish delight! 5 Euros for 10 boxes!" I wanted to try some, because it must be good if it was the first food he wanted, and plus it is a thing for Turkey. So we bought a box. It is basically like little rectangle gummies with nuts in it, covered in powdered sugar. They were okay and I liked them, but I don't know what the big deal is about them.
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