Sunday, December 18, 2011

My Best Holiday Ever       Part Two

One of many stray cats residing at Ephesus


This is our second trip to Turkey and I must say that it is one of my favorite places!  The people are kind and warm-hearted.  There are many wonderful sites to explore.....................and here is one which is a 'jewel'....Ephesus:

Ephesus is an ancient city with origins back approximately to 14th century BC.  It is reached by driving inland from the port of 'Kusadasi' ancient times it was a large, thriving seaport ..........many earthquakes and the passage of time completely silted in the harbour.

Kusadasi Harbour

Ephesus is located on a hillside and it involves a 2 mile trek along its main road paved in marble!

First glimpse of Ephesus

The original "Nike" which the athletic wear is named after

First glimpse of the 'Celsus Library'

The 'Spa'

Public latrines
There is a story that wealthy citizens while enjoying the 'spa', paid musicians to play so that 'bathroom noises' would be muffled.  How brilliant!

" The 'Octagon' was a vaulted burial chamber placed on a rectangular base with the skeleton of a 15 or 16 year old woman in a marble sarcophagus.  According to an interpretation, the Octagon was a monument to Ptolemy Arsinoe IV, the youngest sister of the famous Cleopatra VII, murdered in Ephesus in 41 BC."
'Celsus Library' 

Side view of 'Celsus Library'  

Guess who?
My dear Doug
Further excavation in the works

Well, that is but a small taste of Ephesus.....if you should care to know more, these sites are quite informative:    and

I will close off on this post because I am having a heck of a time with the 'blogger' software and I keep losing everything that I've entered.  Unfortunately, that means more posts, so stay tuned!

1 comment:

Elga said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip, glad you are home safe. Ludwina, who makes miniature knotted rugs lives near Ephesus, she is a petit pointer too, she has quite a few of her husband's family members living with them at the moment who lost houses etc in the earthquake.

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