Ancient Ruins in Asia Minor
Trip Start Apr 03, 2007
69Trip End Jun 16, 2007
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We pulled into port fairly early in the morning (around 7:00 AM), so we caught an early breakfast at the buffet and met up with our tour group around 7:15 AM. We were assigned to "lollipop" #12, which we followed around for the rest of the day (a round sign held up by our tour guide). We disembarked from the ship, past the Turkish welcome band, and there were dozens of tour busses waiting to take people to various destinations around Kusadasi (the port city). Kusadasi has a lot of shops, and a neat little fortress out on a place called "Pigeon Island", but it's basically just a port city. The real action is inland at the sites of the ancient ruins.
Our tour guide was a Turkish young lady named Jana
Next stop was a nearby ancient Roman ruin at Miletus. It was most impressive for its theater, which held around 10,000 people in its day, and we got to go climb up the steps and admire the view
After lunch, we made our last stop at another ruin in ancient Didyma at the Temple of Artemis. This ruin dated all the way back to the 3rd century B.C. It's incredible to think that this building was over 2300 years old. They think that it was never actually completed, and only a few pillars are still standing to their full height today.
With the tour completed, we headed back to the ship for dinner, and then the show after dinner was a wacky juggler and comedian. The ship pulled out of port and sailed south for the Greek island of Rhodes.