We woke up and we were already at port. Karl had found a group on Cruise Critic who were getting a little outing together for a FRACTION of the price from the ship.The leader of the group was a man named Donald Nalian. We thought there would be 10 or 15 people. In the end there were three full buses.
We arrived in Kusadasi Turkey. We were supposed to land in Ismir, but there were some terrorist threats in the area so we ported in Kusadasi instead. (There was a terrorist attack in Istanbul a nearly 50 people were killed in the airport there. It was surreal to be so close to such an attack. It would be only one of the culturally significant things that happend on the trip. But I digress.)
First the House of the Virgin Mary. Which will explain the huge statue.
We were exited by our new surroundings. The weather was warm and sunny.
Me out front.
It was a muggy dark room with Mary iconography everywhere. There was gold and mold everywhere. At the end of the home there was a table and shrine.
The ruins at Ephesus are bigger tourist attraction.
SO there was more a hullabaloo.
“The city was destroyed by the Goths in 263, and although rebuilt, the city’s importance as a commercial centre declined as the harbour was slowly silted up by the Küçükmenderes River. It was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD.”
The rebuild continues. The Austrian Architecture Institute is the main contributor to it’s continued reconstruction.
This statue is said to have inspired the Nike Swoosh.
(Also that almost says I love elvis)
The Library of Celsus
So much history. So much to know. So much unknown to us. Our stop here was only about 30 minutes.Fourth Stop, The Temple of Artemis.
It was considered one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.Now just one lonely lonely collum in the middle of a marshy field with a huge bird’s nest on top.