Ephesus

Trip Start Jul 11, 2008
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Trip End Feb 28, 2009


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Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Thursday, August 14, 2008

Day 7:

We were up early to get a bus to our next destination, Selcuk. A puppy who was hanging around the hotel followed us down to the bus stop and was wandering around being cute while we waited for the bus. It chased off a cat that had a fish hanging by the tail from its mouth. Just before our bus came, a garbage man arrived and the puppy followed him off behind some shop. About a minute later, the garbage man came back, dragging the puppy by a rope around its neck and put the puppy in the back of the garbage truck. Obviously garbage men are also dog collectors here in Turkey. Needless to say, we were all saddened by this series of events and felt a little guilty as the puppy had followed us down to the bus from the safety of the backstreets around the hotel.

When we arrived in Selcuk we had a bit of a wander around town and stopped for some lunch. I had an incredibly tasty mousaka with eggplant, tomato, onion and ground meat mixed in with Turkish rice. It would have to be the best meal I have had in Turkey so far.

We then had free time so I went and had a look at St Johns Basilica. It is all ruins now but in its time it was apparently magnificent. It was founded by St John, one of the apostles of Jesus. Apparently he was the most trusted of Jesus' apostles so he was given the responsibility of caring for Mother Mary. The story goes that Mary travelled with John to this place and lived in a small farmhouse just out of town until her death. This isn't proven, but they have proved that John travelled there as he wrote letters to the Ephesians from there. He is buried at the Basilica are there is a monument at the location.

Later in the afternoon we went on a tour of Ephesus. Ephesus is mostly reconstructed now but it was a massive city, originally founded by the Amazons, then taken over by some Greek guy, and then converted to a Roman city during the Roman empires dominance. It is a pretty amazing place with some really big ruins including a massive theatre, which Sting performed at recently.

After we got back from the tour, we had dinner on the roof of the hotel with a few drinks. It was a good night supported by a great view from the hotel roof.
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