Travel Throwback: Ephesus, Turkey
Travel Throwback is a series of blog posts based on a 10-day Mediterranean cruise that I took with Mike, my mom, and my brother aboard the Celebrity Equinox back in August of 2011. Back then I wasn’t blogging about my travel but luckily I kept a journal and took a LOT of pictures and I can’t wait to share!
August 23, 2011
Another day, another country! Today we visited Turkey-specifically the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, built in the 10th century BC. Our ship docked in Kuşadası and we boarded a bus with the rest of our tour group for a quick drive to the ancient ruins. Personally I think a tour guide at Ephesus is an absolute must-there is so much to see here (and no pretty museum signs) and a good tour guide can give great insight along with fun little tidbits that you wouldn’t hear about otherwise. It was another scorcher of a day, but we made our way through the ruins over the course of an hour or two and even caught the entertaining performance at the end!
After leaving Ephesus we boarded the bus and wound up the mountainside for a quick stop in the small village of Şirince. The bus ride was quite possibly the scariest ride I’ve ever taken. The roads were incredibly narrow and curvy and I was sure we were going to tumble off the road into the olive trees on several occasions…but, we made it up the mountain and spent about an hour or so exploring the village on foot. There wasn’t a whole lot to do there, but we walked around, stopped into a small shop that sold fruit wines, and took in some amazing views.
Back at the port in Kuşadası we had one last stop before jumping back onboard our cruise ship-a Turkish rug factory. There is obviously some sort of kickback going on here between the rug factory and the tour guide for bringing us here, but it was interesting nonetheless. We saw how they gathered the silk for the rugs and also how the rugs are made by hand…quite the process. My mom actually ended up buying a small area rug; they even packed it up in a complimentary carry-on suitcase for her and treated us to some traditional Turkish coffee-complete with readings of our coffee grounds!
Ephesus was a very cool place to see, and crazy when you think of how old it is and how much history happened here! We definitely need to return to Turkey in the future-gotta check Istanbul off my bucket list!