Selcuk - Ephesis ruins
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We arrived the following morning in Selcuk, a small sleep town of about 25,000 people whose call to fame included the famed Ephesis, one of the best-preserved ruins from the Greek and Roman times, and the House of Mary, the place where Mary is reputed to have spent the rest of her days after the death of Jesus. After checking into and having breakfast at a lovely hostel run by brothers Jim and Ju-Ju, we visited the Mary house with Ju-Ju as our guide. Upon entering the house, there was a pile of crutches left at the door (I assume from people whose prayers got answered here). Right outside, there were springs labeled “Wealth,” “Health,” and “Marriage.” We all made sure to drink from each (making sure to take a smaller sip at the Marriage one) and I even filled my water bottle with a mixture of all three, which I proceeded to lose within the hour!
Next stop was ancient Ephesis.
That evening we learned all we ever wanted to know about Turkish carpets. I can confidently tell you the difference between the different materials and the whole single vs. double knot deal now. Although nice, the carpets were much more expensive than I anticipated. One medium-sized top quality carpet would run about $750US! Needless to say, we made a few friends that night, but otherwise left empty-handed.