Kusadasi, Turkey - Cruise 3
Trip Start Jun 12, 2008
48Trip End Aug 25, 2008
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The ruins included a Senate building, the terraced houses that still have original mosaics and tile from 2,000 years ago, the Library, the Baths, the public toilet (men only and they sat cheek to cheek!), the colonnade to the sea (though the sea is long gone) and some other amazing finds
The Library was one of three in Turkey. The other two sites were Alexandria and Pergamum. Alexandria was the seat of power and so at one point in history the impressive amount of papyrus scrolls were ordered to be sent from Ephesus and Pergamum to Alexandria to have one large library. During the journey these scrolls were burned in a fire accidentally and a significant number of important texts were destroyed. The ruins in Ephesus still show where the scrolls were located. Just past the library is the colonnade where the shops were located, just like shopping malls of today with a central open square and little stalls lined up inside the marble walls (each with its own section set back from the side walls of the courtyard).
Upon exiting the ruins site visitors are funneled into a Turkish Bazaar. The vendors sold many exotic tapestries, pillow covers, pashminas, toys, spices, etc. for very very low prices
After shopping for a few minutes the bus returned the group to the Kusadasi shopping district just outside the ship. There is another fabulous bazaar here as well and the principles apply here just as in the Ephesus bazaar - haggle, haggle, haggle. Do NOT accept the first price quoted even if you think it is a good deal to begin with. The merchants know that they are one of many selling the same types of goods and buying cheaper from them is better than not buying at all. This is the best location for buying souvenirs on this itinerary as this port has beautiful hand made items and very reasonable prices. If you like to shop, you'll adore Kusadasi. The people here are very kind, though the male shop owners can be a bit pushy, and as this island is further removed from the capital women still enjoy equal rights, the alphabet is roman letters and not arabic, and the people are more secular in their mindset.
With love from Turkiye (Turkish spelling)