In the footsteps of Paul - a day at Ephesus
Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
49Trip End May 15, 2008
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Today we went to Ephesus and wandered through the most interesting places. I find the oddest part that this used to be a seaport
Wandering up the main street, we marveled at the houses and the buildings. The library is awesome and the theatres are cool - but the nicest part was wandering off the path and looking at stuff where nobody else was. We found a tiny green turtle - good eyes Hagedorn! All in all, definitely worth the visit, but if you're short on time and looking for a really special spot - go to Aphrodisias.
(S) My travel partner is too kind. And continues to sugar coat the travels. What he neglected to share with you, dear reader, is this is where I had my Turkish campground breakdown. I hinted at it in an earlier entry, but the showers in these campgrounds use the sun's rays to heat the water. Needless to say, the water is COLD in the morning and I had taken countless cold showers up until this point. Well, it was here next to ancient Ephesus that I lost it.
You might ask why I just didn't shower in the afternoon. Good question. Let me answer – first, it's HOT here so there is a fair about of sweating. And I have naturally curly hair, which after a night in a tent is reminiscent of Medusa. My travel partner calls it "sunshine hair", which is the nice way of saying it sticks out on all sides like curly rays of sunshine. Morning showering is just my deal. My travel partner took great pity on my and this beautiful campground in Selcuk was our last night in a tent on this trip. And my last cold shower. On the travel end, Ephesus is an amazing site. The history contained in the ancient ruins and along the cobbled streets is beyond comprehension. That said, the hordes of tourists, regurgitated from the depths of cruise ships, who have a couple hours to do a quick tour and buy an evil eye keychain before they head back to the ship bound for their next port (sorry for all those cruise ship fans – I’m sure they are very nice – we’ve just seen how frazzled and absolutely out of step with their surroundings they seem at ports all over the world) can really suck the magic from a place. My travel partner is right – if you have the time, include Aphrodisias on your travel agenda.