A quick trip into Turkey

Trip Start Jun 02, 2013
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Trip End Oct 03, 2013


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What I did
The ruins at Ephesus

Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Today was to be a busy day with stops at 2 different places. Our first call was at Kusadasi where we boarded buses to go to Ephesus. It used to be a port, but has silted up and is now 7km from the sea. What an amazing place - they have dug up so much of the old city which was destroyed in an earthquake in about 267 AD. We looked at the theatre where Paul preached, the library (just a fašade really). Then we went into the 'terraced houses', these are still being uncovered, and some of the marble wall friezes are just like jigsaw puzzles, they have them out on tables and piles of pieces waiting to go in. Some of the rooms still have mosaic floors and painted walls. Only about 40% of the area has been discovered as yet.
As I was waiting for Keith to climb up the Grand theatre, I heard trumpets blowing, and  on marched the players for a little performance. There was the Emperor, his queen, 2 trumpeters, 2 gladiators, and 6 or so dancers, they did a 5 min skit. On down the 'main street' and back to the bus. Then we stopped at a carpet making co-operative, where we had a demonstration of carpet making on a loom. He also showed us silkworm cocoons and demonstrated how silk is spun. They showed us heaps of carpets and then there was a big push 4 us to buy one. Onto the bus, and we were nearly late on board, we were meant to have had time to look round the town.We set sail for Patmos and again had booked a tour.
Getting off the ship was by tender, as there is no wharf at Patmos. Our guide was keen to tell us the story of John on Patmos, he added lots of bits that from the Greek Orthodox church. We saw the cave where John is said to have received the visions that are Revelation.
We saw windmills there too, and walked through the town with it's labyrinth of small streets - apparently to confuse pirates!
I enjoyed Patmos more than Ephesus, but it was a great day. Very tired when we got back and went up to the 'Sky bar' to have our juices (we have a package with 2 juice, 2 bottles of water, 2 tea or coffee - also 2 alchoholic drinks) . The Sky bar is 12 stories up and is a bit like the top of the Sky Tower. We went up there each evenings we were leaving port as the view was great, and not many people went up there.They all used the pool area- hoards of them shoulder to shoulder on deck chairs.
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Karen on

Must be amazing to see the places you are so familiar with from the Bible!

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