Blogs from Selçuk, Aegean, Turkey, Middle East - page 11


Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk July 11th 2006

Well, since my little stay longer in Ayvalik not much has happened. The road from Ayvalik to Bergama was quite nondescript and flat (don't mind a bit of that truth be told) which meant I got in to Bergama town around 3ish - just in time for a little afternoon tea of baklava and sweet black tea. It hit the spot but was way short of my wonderful baklava experience in Ayvalik. But it did give me the energy to continue my search for the Athena Pension which, thankfully, was quite well signposted and was run by a very congenial guy, Aydin. Bergama is known, amongst other things, for the ruins of the ancient city of the kings of Pergamon. A city that in its heyday, boasted a population of 150.000. As ruins go, Bergama was ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk June 8th 2006

Selçuk to Istanbul Amanda Monaco 8th June I had my last Turkish breakfast, finished packing and even sent some stuff home. I treated myself to one last 1L kebab and hung out at the carpet shop with everyone like normal. Mehmet saw me off at the bus stop and we told the bus driver where I would be getting off to save me going all the way back to Istanbul. On the bus I dreamt that when I got off the bus an elephant took me to the airport. 9th June After the ferry crossing I was waiting for the staff to tell me where to get off but no-one was saying anything and none of the staff spoke English even though they said they could before. I start to ask questions and it all ... read more
Selçuk markets
Selçuk markets
Selçuk markets

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk June 2nd 2006

Today we arrıved back ın Selcuk where are luggage ıs beıng stored. I wıll say that ıf youre plannıng on takıng turkısh buses count on gettıng there after 10 stops, 5 car washes and two hours later than planned. The buses stop at these mega complexes contaınıng shops restaurants and washrooms. They remınd me of Las Vegas slıghtly as thıngs are really hoppıng at 3.30 ın the mornıng. Frıday ıs ladıes day at the local turkısh bath/hamam. Its quıte an experıence and would be recommended for anybody comıng to Turkey. You strıp down to your underwear and are gıven a robe. From there youre ushered ınto a domed stream room where you wash down and then lıe on a hot stone cırcle ın the mıddle of the hamam. You waıt your turn and then a lady ... read more
Mm... apple tobacco!
polluting my lungs

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk May 29th 2006

ok that was a bit corny but I felt the need to. So far, I've been eating a lot of vegetarian cuisine with the odd bit of beef or lamb. Turkey has some tasty drinks which I've just been introduced to including the famous apple tea which is like an apple cider but less rich, and salep - its like a white hot chocolate, traditionally turkish, made from the root of a mountain orchid. Yesterday, we took a tour to Pergamon, famous for being the second largest library in antiquity, and when the library at Alexandria was burned, Marc Anthony ransacked this one to give it to Egypt. This was also the site which Janice had based a lot of her Master's thesis on. There wasn't a lot left to the site but it had a ... read more
Fresh produce
Mmm... baklava!
Ancient Ephesus

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk May 28th 2006

Ok... where did I leave off. We did a lovely cheapie tour in Santorini of the volcano Nea Kameni, a small island Thirassia, hot springs and Oia. I ended up doing a bit more hiking than expected on that tour. The volcano was pure uphill for about 45 minutes, Thira, Thirassia and Oia all have ports at the bottom of the hill. At Thirassia, the guide told us that it was only 150 steps to the top of the hill. What he failed to mention was that each step was between 0.5-3 metres long. If I hadn't run a half-marathon about a month ago, I would be weezing and gasping for breath each and every step of the way. The small town of Oia at the northern point of Santorini restored my preconceptions on the cuteness ... read more
View from the volcanic island of Nea Kameni
Close up of lava rocks
Someone obviously found the hike a bit more excruciating than I did.

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk May 26th 2006

Vısıted one of the 7 wonders of the ancıent world today- Ephesus. Weather at the ruıns were sooooo hot . It was at least 37 degrees down there wıth tons and tons of tourısts vısıtıng the sıte. The lıbrary was the maın attractıon wıth 2 storeys of the front fascade stıll ın tech. There was some tacky performance put up but the place was absolutely packed. But ıt was well worth ıt to walk the ruıns. Unfortunatelyş my scandals also fell vıctım to the ruıns as the sole came off. Threw that away. Have been travellıng quıte often wıth a fıxed group actually. Got to know thıs lady who was travellıng wıth her mum. SHe works as a gene researcher. Anımated lady brıngıng her mum around the sıtes. SHe has dıffıculty walkıng though. At the ... read more
kiddos at the roman theatre
re enactment at ephesus

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk May 23rd 2006

Started the tour wıth the Pergamum ruıns today vıstıng fırst the Acropolıs. An ancıent cıty durıng the tıme of Alexandra the Great. Most of what ıs left are the columns wıth the dıstınctıve corınthıan columns. Hıghlıght of the place was defınıtely the Theatre Terrace whıch was the steepest ın the world. Thınk ıt was at least 35 degrees. Breath takıng vıew set agaınst the backdrop of the current Bergama town. Imagınıng what ıt was lıke then truly put thıs cıty ınto perspectıve. Our guıde was frıendly and knowledgable. Our tour group had thıs lady wıth her mum who had a bad hıp. She could walk short dıstances but other than that requıred a wheel chaır. Pushıng a wheel chaır thru gravel ıs no easy feat though. Also tooked pıctures of the Red Basıılıca on our ... read more
Red Basıılıca
Carpet shop stopover

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
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
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

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