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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk May 10th 2006

To anyone I've written a postcard to: I have written you a postcard, but unfortunately you will not receive it. I wrote some very nice postcards and used them to keep the page in my book. The book (I was just getting into it) and the postcards are now sitting in the otogar in Konya, never to be seen again. I suppose this sad story could be called 'Disaster Number Three.' I hope you are grown up enough to realise that, 'it's the thought that counts.' I've bought some more postcards and I'll send them soon. ________________ This is the start of a manic phase of seeing things: bus, see ruins, bus, sleep, bus etc. In Selcuk I stayed in the Australian and New Zealand Guesthouse. It's a pity that there were no Anzacs there... I ... read more
Artemis
Frieze from Apollo's Temple at Didyma
A Turk Fiat in Bergama

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk May 4th 2006

Leaving Istanbul, we crossed the 'official' continental line from Europe into Asia, so this is the first entry from Asia. We arrived into Selcuk on a beautiful sunny day (no, I'm not joking) at 8:00am after a fairly sleepless night and checked into our hotel, the Paris Hotel. Not quite as upmarket as it sounds but still perfectly comfortable and the first time we've been treated to a private room. We had an hour to shower and power sleep before we were picked up for our day tour to Ephesus, one of the wonders of the ancient world and a cornerstone of the Roman empire. Although the semi-reconstructed city is very impressive, due to our lack of sleep the previous night, we were unable to appreciate it as much as we could have done. As the ... read more
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Ephesus Amphitheatre
Virgin House

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk April 14th 2006

Today (Aprıl 13th) was a fairly quiet day spent in Selcuk. Early in the morning a large group went to the Bella Pension where the pension operators also run a quality carpet shop. Everyone had been invited to their hotel for breakfast on the rooftop terrace with views overlooking the ruins of St. John's Basıllıca and Selcuk. After breakfast everyone went to the carpet shop where Urdell (one of the operators) spent a couple hours explaınıng carpets. Theır hıstory, how to tell qualıty, types of materıal, (cotton,wool,sılk) and dıfferent trıbal desıgns. The next few hours were ''spent lookıng at carpets''. Those who dıd not go to breakfast were tryıng to catch up on travel blogs, e-maıls, and sort out technıcal aspects of card readers, memory cards, and Turkısh keyboards. Plus all those helpful Mıcrosoft wındows show ... read more
So many carpets
Ruıns of St. John's
Outsıde my wındow

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk April 13th 2006

Just at the end of my Turkey adventures now, and in a bit of a dire place called Kuşadası; a horrible sprawled concrete hotel and british holiday apartment package tour town near Samos (where I start my island hopping tomorrow). The weather is great though. Yes I let the weather decide my route for the next month. Looking north it is still a bit grim. Looking west it should be all sun and smiles. So it's Greece then Italy most probably. Anyway, where was I... Yes Antalya and the Turquoise coast. Antalya was nice enough - I just organised myself a little there, checked the online job market in Europe briefly. Had a nice encounter with some locals on arrival. I asked for directions to my pansiyon which led to a 15 minute adventure with other ... read more
Ruin by the stream
Fire from the earth
Kaş cat

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk April 12th 2006

Well sınce the last lıttle note we have had a gruellıng week tourıng a lıttle tıny bıt of Turkey. Some long days, some long drıves, and many, many, ıncredıble sıghts. I hope to be able to share some of the sıghts wıth you today or tomorrow. Sınce arrıvıng ın London about a week ago here ıs the dıary. I hope my wrıtıng ıs up to the task. Thursday, March 30 - we arrıved at Heathrow about 12:30PM and took the tube ınto London after walkıng what seemed to be half the dıstance through the termınal from Arrıvals to the tube. I know the walk was almost half the tıme the tube took to get us to Earl's Court where we transferred to another traın that took us to Bayswater Statıon. You all know exactly where that ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk April 12th 2006

After spending 1/2 day in Pamukkale, we booked for our ride to Selchuk on a private van. Selchuk is only about 3 hours away from Pamukkale. But because we did a long detour via Aydin (supposed to pick someone up but that someone didnt show up) and Kusadasi (dropped most of the people in the van off), it took us about 4 hours to get there. Stayed in a guesthouse called Dreams, which was a 4-storey building painted baby pink and purple, with synthetic turf covering the front patio and bushes upon bushes of artificial plants that might even harbour malarial mosquitoes (if they exist in this part of the world). I know the guesthouse looks and sounds totally wrong, a good reason to stay there was the free shuttle to Ephesus, plus it's just next ... read more
Public latrine
Theatre at Ephesus
Road to nowhere

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk March 7th 2006

Caught the overnight bus to Selcuk which was meant to arrive at 7am but instead arrived at 4am! Managed to find a hostel with someone awake, which was lucky. In the afternoon I looked around a huge ruined basillica on the hill above Selcuk. An Aussie guy Ryan, found this random guy who took us on a tour of the castle - which was not open because it was being restored. Was a bit dodgy and he tried to sell us fake ancient coins - which are actually modern coins they have feed to cows and sheep to make look old. I didn't manage to see Ephesus, but will try to go back via Selcuk and see it then. The next day four of us rented two scooters and we went to the second largest beach ... read more
Grave of St John in the Basillica
Kusadasi Beach
Kusadasi Beach

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk October 19th 2005

Hello Friends Lloyd and I left İstanbul Early Wednesday morning to Gallipolli. A battle ground where Australia and New Zealand fought the Turks in WWI. It was a touching story of how the Australians and the Turks realized they were equals and became friends and stopped fıghting after 250.000 people died...WOW We then headed to Troy for an hour and took a tour of the town. Nıne dıfferent Troys exısted wıthın a 3000 year tıme span. Thıs is supposedly the site of where the famous battle took place. We then headed south to Ephesus whıch has one of the 7th wonders of the world. Unfortunately it isnt there anymore. But None the less it was stıll cool to llok at the rocks and what not. Mother Marry Supposedly spent her last years in Ephesus as well ... read more
Porta Potty?
Anzac
Troy?

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk August 25th 2005

While waiting for the Iranian visa, I visited the small town of Selcuk in west Turkey. It is better known for its nearest archeological sight, Ephesus. I visited Ephesus for one day, but I also experienced Selcuk itself to be a nice place. In Selcuk I also had the possibility to upload some pictures from all the recent places I have been. I will also try to extend the correspondıng blogs a bit. But first about Selcuk. It is about a 10h busride away from Istanbul. It's not situated directly at the coast but some kilometers from the sea between many hills. The hills are partly covered by pine forest, especially at the coast and around Selcuk the lowlands have many peach and tomato plantations. Ephesus is about 2.5 km away from Selcuk, and you can ... read more
Theater and Road to Ancient Harbour
Ornamentary
Storks

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk August 18th 2005

I left Çanakkale almost immediately from my superb tour of Gallipoli and found myself sitting next to the minibus driver in the front center seat. No legroom and the glare of super strong beams from oncoming cars, for the next 6 hours. Yay. Sitting on the other side of me was a Aussie guy who also had a iPod. I know it is hard to believe, but he had a even worse music collection than me. I thought being a aussie meant he would have some strange Australian rock and some grunge. His first track he put on was Hanson's "Mmm Bop". I had my iPod on until the battery ran out. After that I put my shades on and tried to sleep to Selçuk for the last 2 hours or so. I kept getting woken ... read more
Ephesus
Ephesus
Ephesus Amphitheater




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