Kusadasi - Beaches, and an Ancient Roman City
Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
49Trip End Nov 21, 2010
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We caught a ferry out of Istanbul across the Sea of Marmara to Mudanya and then drove down to Kusadasi. Crite rode along in the back seat with the boys. He was a little squished but the boys liked having him back there. When we arrived at our apartment (Tuntas Apart Hotel) we were informed that since our booking was through HCR (a discount booking site I found online) we needed to stay at their "sister" hotel. We drove down the hill to the hotel and were presented with a stinky, dirty, very basic hotel room with 2 twin beds and a fold out couch held up by 2 bricks. I wasn't very happy with this arrangement but when they said Crite could stay for free I went ahead and agreed to stay there. I should have never agreed to stay but you win some and you lose some. That night I went to shower and there was no hot water - I assumed that it was just because it was late at night and that there would be more hot water in the morning - nope - no hot water at all
So even after all of that we ended up having a really nice day yesterday. We spent all afternoon hanging out on Ladies Beach. It was spectacular! The weather was gorgeous and the water was pretty warm. It's a nice (crowded) sandy beach with a great shallow swimming area for the boys. Carter played in the sand and waves all afternoon while Ian slept in the stroller. It was very relaxing! That night we ate dinner at the restaurant we had eaten at the night before. It's a nice family run restaurant with reasonably priced good food. They have 2 daughters 8 and 2 and Carter got to ride their trike and watch Cars with them while we ate
The next morning we drove to the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. It was amazing walking around the ancient city but the heat was a bit much for Ian (97 degrees) so we only spent an hour there. However, we were still able to take some great pictures and hear some of the history by following around an english speaking group with a guide. After Ephesus we drop Crite off at the bus station and we went back to our room for a swim in the pool.
All in all Kusadasi was great! We had good food, a nice beach, and great weather.