Day 109

Ancient wonder Ephesus.

I must admit we didn’t even realise that we stayed in Selcuk a town that caters for tourists visiting the many historical sites, especially Ephesus. We had never even heard of it. I actually drove past it but it looked busy so Summer Googled it on the road. We had to turn around. We first stopped in to see the Temple of Artemis. While it is mostly all gone it is one of the Ancient Wonders of the world, and I nearly missed it. The girls stayed in the van while I took this shot of a few rocks, I read that it was pretty big back in its day.

TICK Ancient Wonder of the World Temple of Artemis, Selcuk, Turkey.

TICK Ancient Wonder of the World Temple of Artemis, Selcuk, Turkey.

 

We then drove up to Ephesus and as soon as we entered the car park we knew this was going to be big. The grounds can be accessed by a kilometre long path. We walked most of the way and spent time admiring the Church near the entrance, the Great Theatre and the Library of Celsus.

Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey.

Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey.

The Great Theatre is built into a mountain and can hold 25 thousand people. We overheard some tourists mention that Sting held a concert here some time ago.

Great Theatre, Ephesus, Turkey.

Great Theatre, Ephesus, Turkey.

After more than 2 hours snapping away at these Roman ruins, in Turkey again, we jumped back into the campervan and headed South, this time to a coastal town called Marmaris.

We had made plans to catch up with two blokes from Sydney. I used to work with one of them and they were in Marmaris to pick up a yacht to sail around the Greece Islands for a few weeks. We arrived late afternoon and headed out to dinner. They treated us to a traditional Turkish dinner well away from the overpriced waterfront restaurants. The food was fantastic, as was the company. We talked about travel and picked up some tips on this part of the world, as they have both traveled to Turkey and Greece heaps. We finished the night with some strong black, mud like, Turkish coffee.

Turkish coffee..yum. Dinner with the boys in Marmaris, Turkey.

Turkish coffee..yum. Dinner with the boys in Marmaris, Turkey.

It was excellent for summer and I to catch up and have some adult time. Especially people we know from Aust. It made us really happy. We had an awesome evening, nice food, couple of beers and then the kids got tired. It was 2300 so they escorted us back to where we had parked the van in the back streets of Marmaris. We fell into bed as soon as we had finished our goodbyes.

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