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Ephesus, Kushadasi, Priene, Miletus and Didyma.


The next day we drove to Ephesus.  Ephesus is probably the largest and best restored ancient city in Turkey, and it has the tourist crowds to match.  It was interesting, but not as fun as Pergamum, mainly because you weren't supposed to go into so many areas, and there were so many tourists. A helpful person on the Internet translated this for us. It says:

..... STO.STRO:S..
...PLATEIAS TAUTE:Sof this street
..O ENTHEN EO:S TOU EU-from this point as far as the
KTE:ROU OIKOU TOU AR-prayer-house of the
CHANGELOU GABRI-archangel
E:L EPI IO:ANNOUGabriel at John's
KAI LEONTIOU TO:Nand Leontias's the
LOGIO:TATO:Nmost learned
SCHOLASTIKO:Nscholars
KAI PATERO:Nand fathers



This looked like a huge birdbath.  I really don't think it was, but I don't have any other ideas. Here's some of the tour buses at Ephesus.


An ancient road, lined with columns. This is the theater.  Quite well preserved.


Another ancient road with columns. Supposedly this foot points the way to the red light district in Ephesus.


This is the Library of Celsus, all renovated.  The statues in the walls are copies--originals are in Vienna. The public toilets.  Very cozy and intimate.


We had a hard time figuring this one out, then asked somebody with a detailed guidebook.  Turns out that this was something like the steam room in a bath.  Hot water circulated between the stacks of bricks, upon which a marble floor was supported. Walking up the Curetes Way.


Lots of cool old Roman roads are still visible on the hillside.  Too bad you can't walk up them! After Ephesus, we drove to Kusadasi.  We stayed in what we thought at first was a great hotel, with a nice view of the water, but it turned out that they had no hot water.  So that's why they wanted us to pay in advance!


That evening we walked around town.  It had rained heavily just before, and I slipped and fell down a marble staircase. I stopped myself with my right hand.  You can't really tell here, but the palm of my right hand swelled up tremendously. The next morning we changed hotels, and took a shower.  We also washed clothes, which we'd been doing in hotel sinks the whole time.


Here's the view from our new hotel.  You can see the harbor quite well. After spending some time looking for the supermarket, we found the outdoor market.  I haven't seen flattened cabbages like this before.


Walnuts and grapes for sale. All kinds of peppers for sale.


We have the olive section here. All kinds of nuts and dried fruits.


Spices for sale.  Oddly enough, although we saw spices for sale everywhere, most Turkish food we had didn't seem very spicy at all. The view from Pigeon Island (within walking distance of Kusadasi), which has a small stone fort on it.  It was definitely the place for young couples to hang out--we saw about 4 of them there.


The stone fort on Pigeon Island was locked up, but we were able to poke the camera in a hole on the door, and take a picture of the inside.  This is what it looked like--looks like storage for a restaurant. Kusadasi was a really touristy town.  About 2 or 3 cruise ships stopped in every day, and the whole place was oriented towards servicing them.


Sunset from the hotel. Sunrise from the hotel the next morning. You can see one small and one huge cruise ship coming in, with Pigeon Island between them.
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