Tour to Ephesus
Trip Start Jun 03, 2006
19Trip End Jul 05, 2006
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Finally, we arrived at Ephesus
The guide was pretty good though - he actually came looking for me BUT only after the guy at the shop finally decided to let me go. Too late!! After a picture with the shop guy taken with his mobile, I was on my way to explore the ancient city of Ephesus.. now, i can finally visualize Paul trying to spread the Word in Ephesus..
It was a really hot day, but Ephesus was soooooo beautiful. It's hard to imagine how rich people were then. Buildings and sculptures carved out of marble.. you walk on marbled streets, signs denoting "hospital", "pharmacy", "nike" were still in great condition
After Ephesus, we had lunch at this nearby eatery which didn't really serve very impressive food (considering what I had last night). Still, it was heaps better than the best cuisine you get in China. I ate so much that Armand commented "I can't believe you've finished everything!" I wasn't even 3/4 full. Of course, the restaurant didn't go by without some compliments from their waiter. This waiter kept coming to my table and whispering "you are very beautiful". I probably heard this from at least 10 different Turkish men since I arrived yesterday morning - whether it's true or not, I still enjoy it. Think positive.. and allow myself to be spoilt for a few days.
AFTER food, the guide took us to some really boring places - a place that sold Turkish leather products, a place that sold hand-woven Turkish carpets, a place that sold hand-painted pottery. The typical "try suck your customer dry" tactic that comes with EVERY BLOODY TOUR. Only one place caught my attention. Next to the pottery place was this shop selling Turkish sweets. Yes! Turkish delights!! I bought all 6 flavours available - the usual rose flavoured, orange, mint, hazelnut, almond and lemon. Also bought apple tea and pomegranate tea.. and FIGS!! How could I NOT buy dried FIGS?
Good thing it was the end of the tour.. I was getting really tired - and Cagatay said he was going to take me to the hub of Cesme in the evening.