The Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus, and the Mediterranean beachfront city of Kusadasi.
31.10.2014 - 04.11.2014 21 °C
From Pamukkale my original plan was to go to Fethiye, but Fethiye's forecast was rain for the next 5 days So I headed to Kusadasi instead. Minibuses headed there take 3hrs, and cost 35L ($17CAD). It Dropped me off across the street from my hotel, Hotel Sozer, which was located right across the street from the Mediterranean! It wasn't super fancy, but had free breakfast & free wifi, and a rooftop terrace with a pool overlooking the sea, and there was a beach 2min walk away. Only $35CAD ... not bad at all for all that! Above is a photo of the boardwalk that extends for a long ways in both directions. Its lined with restaurants, bars, and shopping.
Kusadasi is Turkey's biggest/busiest cruise ship port. One day there were 4 ships in port!
Watching the ships come & go
A stray dog came and befriended me at the beach. He laid beside me the whole time. He even fell asleep with his head on my sarong that I was using as a beach blanket
If you head east along the boardwalk you will eventually come to the causeway out to Pigeon Island and its fortress.
Of course it was closed for restoration when I was there, but its free to walk around the outside.
There were a lot of locals fishing from the causeway.
From Kusadasi, the ruins of Ephesus are only 19km away. Dolmuses (mini van taxis) are $4CAD each way. They drop you off on the highway, and then its a 3km walk to the lower gate entrance. Admission is 30L ($15CAD).
The main thing everyone comes to see is the library (featured above), and I am one of those people, lol!! And it did not disappoint! The details were incredible!!
This is the main 'path' leading up to the Library of Celsus.
View of the library from the other side.
The 3 level amphitheatre which can hold 25,000 people. Each range of seating is pitched more steeply than the one below, thereby improving the view & acoustics for the spectators in the upper seats.
If you keep wandering you will happen upon these ancient toilets! Taking a poo was a public event back then! I was told that entertainers would come in and put on a show while you poop with your friends!! Can you imagine, lol!!
Water used to run underneath to wash away all the 'deposits'.
Itty bitty mosaic tiles
Kitty sunning herself on the mosaic tiles that were roped off for humans. Sneaky kitty.
Do these cats even realize they live in an ancient city?!
Well, thats it for the Kusadasi/Ephesus area. I headed back to Istanbul after a few days here. I flew from Izmir (nearest city with an airport, 1hr from Kusdasi) to Istanbul for only $55CAD, which was only $10CAD more than the 10hr night bus option.
Next up ... Jordan!!!