Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Day 199 Kusadasi, Turkey (Part 1 of 2)

The sail into the port of Kusadasi this morning was frigid.... I was
freezing to the bone but it improved, slightly once we were docked. I went
ashore this morning with Ann & Cathy and headed for ancient Ephesus, once
home to the Temple of Artemis, recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the
Ancient World. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia,
three kilometers southwest of present-day Seljuk in the ─░zmir Province of
Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former
Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. During the Classical
Greek era it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. The city
flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC.
We got there early enough to beat most of the crowds... The visit to the
Terrace Houses, still under excavation and reconstruction was of particular
interest, along with the ever popular Library. We also checked out the
Amphitheater where, later today we will have a Gala Event for the World
Cruise..... Our last stop, a little off the beaten path, was the Church of
Mary, which was quite large before it was ultimately destroyed. It was a
great visit to Ephesus!

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