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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi June 30th 2015

Thankfully the thump, thump, thump was fairly OK for 2 nights but still we are moving on tomorrow – 1stJuly. We were going to stay longer here but it's time to hit the road. We've walked about, swam, eaten at the italian restaurant & generally bummed around. We went to find the market today & failed (hooray) & we came back via the old bazaar (boo)..we were asked inside virtually every shop - & there are hundreds of them – though we only went into one. This one sold silk & cotton pashminas but Cathy took exception to the chap being more than shifty on his prices so we walked out empty handed. As in Pretty Woman – big mistake, huge mistake – we were up to spending more than a few quid in there... So, ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi June 29th 2015

Had a really restless night; of course it had been a Saturday night & the music went on late into the night. There was a live band up the road – they started off very bluesy but then it became loud & a nuisance, mingling with something else in the town... So, we had a lazy day – discussing what plan we had for Greece, checking cash funds in case of empty ATMs due to their situation & deciding when to cross the border. We have a rough plan which will no doubt firm up as more news breaks on he Beeb. In the afternoon we wandered up the sea front with all the Turks a lot of whom come here for their Sunday from Izmir. We went into an arcade where we had to walk ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi June 27th 2015

A relaxing start then off to Kasudasi, a large Med sea port for Turkey & apparently very touristy – so we shall see. Pleasant trip here with nothing to report...except the Dyson took a short cut again (the Dyson master hasn't yet got it under control) & I had to thread the needle again through some back streets with cars dumped at all angles. Then we couldn't find the site but by chance Cathy spotted it where we didn't expect it – right opposite the marina! It's a motel cum little villas cum canp site & smashing! It has a pool, a restaurant on the corner & is a 10 minute walk to the centre of town plus has service washes, result! A nice chap runs it who invited us to his 4 year old son's ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi June 21st 2015

Thursday saw the Island Princess docking at the Port of Kusadasi. We had decided that we wouldn't do a tour in Kusadasi as there wasn't too much that we wanted to do, so because we didn't dock until after lunch, we decided to just hit the markets. Well, three of us did anyway. Ginna decided that he would relax on the deck by the pool with a book and watch a bit of ice sculpting. Karen, Dave and I headed out to the 'ship recommended shops' and took a look around. We discovered that the leather in these shops were equally as good as in Italy and the prices were even better. After a fantastic lunch of a shared kebab - unlike anything we had ever seen in New Zealand, we lost another man! Dave headed ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi June 29th 2014

Today we tour the ancient city of Ephesus in the 100 degree heat. We landed on the island 7 AM but first another sumptious breakfast. We loaded our camelbac backpacks with as much cold water as they would hold. Everyone is amazed how well we can travel since we always have water with us. All our fellow travelers are constantly draining water at 50 cents to 1 euro per bottle, while we travel a full day and still have ice water from the ship in our pack. Makes travel in this heat much easier. We boarded our bus for the half hour drive to the ancient site. Our tour guide for the day was Can, pronounced John, a twenty year veteran as a tour guide. He wanted to be an archeologist, so he went to the ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi May 9th 2014

Up early and of course Em wanted a sleep in… never when we want it! Anyway we had a quick breakfast and went straight to our tour bus. The ride to Ephesus was short and pretty soon we were trying to listen to our guide telling us the history while chasing Em around the ruins. Ephesus was the second largest city of the Roman Empire and the capital of Asia Minor housing around 250,000 people. Built on an ancient river 8km from the sea, the port eventually silted up and trade dwindled spelling the end of the city’s importance. Some time later, a large earthquake shook the region and landslides from the surrounding hills buried what was left of the city for centuries. It was finally excavated in the 19th century and several of the structures ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi September 19th 2013

There is very little that can be said about Ephesus that hasn't been said before and better. It is a wonderful restoration of life in the 5th largest city in the Roman Empire. As we wander through the streets and visit the sights, we can get a good idea of what it was like to live in Ancient Roman times. Obviously, religion paid a central part in everyday life, yet business was being conducted daily. We can hear the echo of St Paul as he preached here in the giant amphitheater. We can walk in the footsteps of Anthony and Cleopatra as they made their way from the old harbor to the central city. We can imagine resident scholars visiting the library to refer to scrolls. We can see the people visiting the agora to buy ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi September 19th 2013

Kusadasi, Turkey Nautica arrived in the Turkish port of Kusadasi to find a huge Royal Caribbean cruise ship already docked and towering over us. By the time we tied up at the pier two more cruise ships entered the port, not as large but adding to the expected crush of tourists. Most tourists come here to tour the ancient city of Ephesus. I could have done the same but chose instead to join a group of 7 others in a small van to visit other sites that would be less likely over-run with the waddling masses. First we drove to see the ruins of a Greek city named Priene. It is several miles out of Kusadasi and has to be reached by a steep climb from a small parking lot. The climb was well ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi August 3rd 2013

Time moves along so quickly and it is nearly a week since we have entered on the blog. So what’s been happening? After beautiful Santorini we arrived in Kusadasi (pronounced kushadasha) Turkey (the home of Ephesus), we spent the day around the markets haggling for some cheap bargains. Not sure yet if we were ripped off or not but we were happy with our purchases. That evening the Cruise ship had organised for a private open air classical concert in Ephesus so at 7 o’clock we were loaded on buses and driven to the ruins at Ephesus, we arrived to a beautiful setting, tables and chairs all dressed for the event complete with snacks, champagne on arrival and the back drop of Esphesus, absolutely stunning. The orchestra played all sorts of classical music; it was just ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi July 4th 2013

It is all a mixed bag - the excitement of travel to exotic destinations and the reality of the journey - finding lodging (some hotels completely different than depicted on their website and having to forfeit our pre-payment), the noise of big cities, catching a sunset that a Marin teenagers across the world from here, locals, tourists and ancient ones alike would marvel at, traversing our route by bus, tram, metro, taxi, boat and foot, the time it takes to get around, getting lost going from place to place but eventually finding our way, old train stations serving as hubs to pass through one another's lives. And sometimes a friendly innkeeper, who at the end of the long day of travel arranges at 10:00 pm for a Hamam to wash it all away and leave us ... read more




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