Once we had gone through the House of the Virgin Mary we were given ten minutes to get back to the bus. That was enough time for a quick potty break and not enough time to get distracted by the souvenirs being sold by some of the locals. Back on the bus it was only a short ride to the main archaeological site at Ephesus. Ephesus already existed at the time of the Hittites. It was later conquered by Alexander the Great when he defeated the Persians. A couple hundred years later the Romans took it from the Greeks. Then the Romans lost it to the Goths in 262 AD. After that the city slowly died as the river silted over and the better farmland migrated down into the valley below.
Day Sixteen (Sunday) July 9th 2006 When I woke this morning I could still feel our ship moving. Debarkation for Patmos was supposed to start at 9:30. In my windowless room it was a bit difficult to guess just what time of day it might be and not having a decent watch with me I had no idea what was going on. After laying awake in bed for maybe 15 minutes while Mike blissfully dreamt of diving with frolicking dolphins and discover ... read more
Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Kusadasi Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more
My wife and I met thirty-five years ago when we both worked for the airlines. We got out of the business when deregulation "ruined" it. Now she takes me with her students on her educational trips abroad.
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