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People I met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Eric and Dave (USA)
During the journey from Bodrum to Selcuk, the sky had clouded over and cleared again on numerous occasions, but with the weather forecast predicting rain for the next week, we decided that we would try and visit Ephesus that day. Having dropped off our bags at the Kiwi Pension (40YTL / $26 for a triple, en suite), located only 100m from the bus station, we ate lunch in a nice outdoor cafe and then walked the 3km distance to the site.
Ephesus is arguably Turkey's biggest tourist attraction, with crumbling ruins of what was once a bustling harbour City, but which now stands on a plain due to silt in the water and the coastline having retreated.
We spent several hours wandering the site, and getting to grips with the stunning architecture. Sitting at the top of the Great Theatre was incredibly inspiring, as was the Library of Celsus. We visited the Agora and Odeum, walked down the ancient roads and marvelled at the mosaics. It is incredible to imagine what historic moments had preceeded my visit. One historic event that caught my attention occurred in 41BC. Cleopatra's sister, Arsinoe, was in exile in Ephesus, and as she was seen as a threat to the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra got Mark Antony to send someone to kill her on the steps of the Temple of Artemis.
After exploring, we made our way back to Selcuk and went into a cafe to warm up. We ate some pide, played some cards and rested up. In the afternoon we visited some ruins that are situated next to the Basilica of St John's. The weather was miserable, but thankfully it didn't get too bad, so we were not driven inside and thus also made our way to the Citadel and Isa Bey Camii.
In the evening we went and sat in a restaurant and played some more cards, as the rain came tumbling down outside. Selcuk out of season is a pretty quiet town, so we decided to head back to the hotel and relax for the remainder of the evening.