Ephesus - truly impressive

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
Trip End Dec 05, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ephesus - billed as the best preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean, if not all of Europe. The place for all of us, parents and rampaging little boys to get a feel for what life was like in Greco-Roman times? or a pile of old stones in the hot and dusty Turkish countryside?

The city had really came into its own by 600 BC and survived as a bustling port and the capital of the Roman province of Asia, boasting 250,000 inhabitants right through to about 600 AD when the port silted up and the dominance of christianity meant the funds generated by tributes to Roman god Diana, Artemis in Greek, dried up.

So far about 18% of the ancient city has been unearthed over the last 150 years of excavation and its safe to say that it is pretty amazing. We had primed the kids somewhat what of the Greeks and the Romans and their way of life so by the time we hit the top of Ephesus after a little horse and carriage ride they were keen to explore the magnificent ruins, many of which are so intact as to not really be ruins at all.

Katherine did a great job as family tour guide and for the most part the boys were truelly interested while I ran about the place like a nutter trying to keep tabs on Ben as he jumped about the stones and ran down alley ways paved with marble that pre-dated Christ.

Towards the end we had resorted to offering the place as a rather ancient but very cool play ground, which seemed somewhat sacrilegious but did allow Katherine and I a little extra time to appreciate the enormity and grandeur of Ephesus. As we jumped into the air conditioned and rather dented family bus we had survived almost 2 hours in the heat, which is testimony to how good the place is, especially as we only managed 4 hours in a similarly hot Disney Land.
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