Blogs from Kusadasi, Aegean, Turkey, Middle East


Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi July 15th 2017

July 15 Saturday Up early at 5 am to reach our tour into Kusadasi, Turkey to see Ephesus. The buffet breakfast was very busy. The crew had the line of people entering between the buffet and the tables. You were then placed at a seat at a table for six. Then you had to go back to the entrance to go through the line to get your food. After getting your food you had to maneuver your way pass the line of people who are heading to their seat. Not very efficient. The food was ok but I didn't eat much. I left and went to get my backpack from my room. I went up on deck to take some pictures of the mainland of Turkey as we approached it. We were close enough that I ... read more
Celestyal Olympia (2)
Kasadasi, Turkey 01
Kasadasi, Turkey 02

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi May 18th 2016

Hello from Turkey. Today is especially noteworthy because we are not only adding a new country to our list, but this adds a new continent to our world travels as well. Today we have arrived in Asia! Through a peculiarity of geography, even though we are a couple of degrees of longitude west of St Petersburg Russia, back on our Baltic cruise we were still in Europe – never in Asia. Admittedly we are just touching a corner of this huge continent, but today we have officially arrived on our 5thcontinent. It’s too bad we missed out on Africa earlier in the itinerary when they dropped Tunisia. We had an early start this morning. The ship arrived in port about 7:00 and we were to be in the theater at 7:40. We had gone up to ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi May 12th 2016

Thursday - Kusadasi: We are clearly getting into the mood, as we got up late for breakfast. We had chosen not to visit Ephesus as the crowds can be extensive and we wanted to have a quiet day. As the ship was at the dock in the middle of the city, we simply walked off into a barrage of vendors. It is very difficult to be polite when each shop ask one of a series of questions: “Please come into my shop, it is the best in the city.” “Where are you from, let’s talk?” “We love Wind Star, come into our shop.” “You are missing the best shop in the city.” “If you buy something I will help you find the ship.” “Just take a look.” “Are you a cowboy? Where is your horse?” “You ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi October 3rd 2015

Arrived in Kusadasi (pronounced Koo-Sha-dars-a) after a cold and wet ferry ride to land in a beautiful hotel (Otel in Turkish). The room we were given was very comfortable. It felt wonderful to have a spacious room with lovely bathroom and a great shower. The showers in all the Greek hotels (except our first one in Athens) were really small and awkward to shower in. Some were over bathtubs that were very high and with my crook knee it was really difficult. I have been so impressed with Turkey so far. The tour guides talk about the Modern Turkey and that is exactly what it is. It has great infrastructure and much better than Greece - solar everywhere ... read more
Heiropolis - healing waters
Getting up close and personal
Cleopatras pool

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

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

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

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

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
Our Little Performer
Roman Toilets

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