This post was written on Thursday, October 17th, 2013.
Today was our one stop in Turkey, at the port of Kusadasi on the Aegean Sea (west side of Turkey). We did another ship excursion and visited Ephesus, a city built in the 10th century BC. And also one of the most preserved historic sites. We got lucky with the weather and it stopped raining for most of the time we were there, and the temperature was in the high teens. The week before had been super hot and people were apparently fainting, so I’m thankful.
The entrance we went in was impressive, but no more so than Olympia, but then it just kept getting better. They have been digging out this city for about 40 years and they figure they are only about 25% done, and what they’ve uncovered and restored is stunning. We saw the stadium (and sat in it!), the library, the latrine (!) and more.
After that we got back on the bus and returned to Kusadasi for a carpet-making demonstration. Turkish carpets can take months to finish. We saw some beautiful ones, and got to sample some Turkish beer (just as good as the Greek beer).
We spent a bit of time walking around the shops in Kusadasi but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Corfu and Oia. The shopkeepers were pushier here (similar to Mexico) and the merchandise lacked variety. I know we are in a very artificial setting (there are four cruise ships docked here today), and that other parts of Turkey would not be like this, but I was happy to just look around and not buy anything. Part of me felt that I didn’t deserve to buy myself anything from Turkey, as I saw such a tiny part of it (the same applies to Greece I guess, too, but it feels different for some reason). So I didn’t even get a fridge magnet. I’ll have to come back for it.
We are back on the ship and I’m going to have my first nap of the cruise. Then a run on the treadmill then dinner, followed by “Jamm the Piano Man” — more on him later.