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Travel Throwback: Ephesus, Turkey

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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!

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

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.

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

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!

Lion + Maven | Ephesus

Lion + Maven | Ephesus 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!

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  • Lindsay @ The Garden Apt.

    I love these throwback thursday posts! It’s too bad you couldn’t see Istanbul, but I doubt you could do it in a day. The rug buying process sounds intriguing!

    • Glad you like them! Whenever I see pictures of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul it makes me want to get there soon!

  • The picture of the dried peppers hanging in the market is GORGEOUS. It makes me want to cook 🙂

    -Katharine

    Living’s as Easy as 312

    • Thanks Katharine 🙂 As soon as I saw them I knew I had to get a good picture!

  • Tomissa Porath

    Oh my goodness, my wanderlust is at an all-time high.

    • I know! Writing these posts makes me want to go back!!


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