Turkey | Ephesus


ephesus-19The Great Theatre at Ephesus.During our second trip to Turkey way back when in July, we booked a three-day trip to Cappadocia and Ephesus. The Ephesus portion of the trip was basically one full day. We arrived to our seaside hotel late the night before directly from Cappadocia and departed from Ephesus for Istanbul immediately following our tour.ephesus-6The Ancient City of Ephesus, comprised of Greek and Roman settlements, is a UNESCO World Heritage SiteThe ruins of the Temple of Artemis (below) are one of the Seven Wonders of the World.ephesus, turkey, artemis templePart of the Temple of Artemis ruins.As with the Cappadocia portion of our tour, the Ephesus itinerary was a bit padded. There were extraneous stops (leather store, another pottery factory), and probably a half dozen other historic sites we could have visited instead. The driver who picked us up from the airport and drove us (and another couple on the tour) to our respective hotels was also extremely aggressive to the point of being dangerous.ephesus, turkey, amphitheaterAfter I wrote to Daily Istanbul Tours with my negative feedback, they refunded the Ephesus portion of our trip. As I wrote in my previous post about this tour, that’s the risk you take when booking a group tour versus planning an itinerary and travel details on your own.ephesus, turkey, celsus libraryLibrary of Celsus.While we were less than pleased with the content of this portion of our tour, the outcome was positive and I’m glad we were able to see some of Turkey’s ancient ruins. I could easily spend several days wandering around Istanbul alone, but it’s nice to see some new sights.ephesus, turkey, roman ruinsThe not-so-private privy.In addition to the Temple of Artemis and the Ancient City, the Ephesus portion of our tour included a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a Catholic shrine where Mary is believed to have lived until her death. ephesus, turkey, house of virgin maryHouse of the Virgin Mary.The house is now a museum and chapel, as well as a pilgrimage site for many Catholics and tourist destination for people of all faiths. Visitors tie prayers and wishes to the “wishing wall,” and many believe water from a nearby fountain is a source of healing and miracles.ephesus, turkey, house of virgin maryThe Wishing Wall.Hard to believe we’re well into fall and I’m still writing about the summer. Where did your summer travels take you?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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