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I was in HEAVEN!!!
If your visiting Izmir then you MUST MUST see Ephesus! It was beautiful!!! Poor Sem had to wait up for me because I felt this innate desire to photograph or touch every ancient carved piece of stone that crossed my path! I love to touch and connect to the past and there was so much here to interact with! I felt like a child running through the world largest candy shop without adult supervision!!! :P:P
The Ancient City of Ephesus (Efes in Turkish) is probably best known for the being the site of the Temple of Artemis, and for the still decently preserved Ephesus Theatre, Celsus Library and the Temple of Hadrian. All of which were stunning to look at and walk around, but there are so many little details that need not be missed during the you walk through this wonderful ancient city.
We went in early December during the off season and there were still many people there! So I imagine that during the warmer months there are even more bus loads of people touring this wonderful city. Sem negotiated with a taxi driver on a set fee to take us there and back for the day which probably saved us both time and from some of the visiting crowds.
The cost of entrance was 20 Turkish Lira for non Turkish citizens. You will often see a price difference for citizens and tourists in museums and places of interest to visit in Turkey. The Turks are even able to purchase a museum card that is good for a full year for 20 lira.
Nearby Ephesus was what is believed by many to be the final resting place of the Christian Virgin Mary. In Turkish the site is called "Meryem Ana Evi" Its a small wooded area filled with people on a pilgrimage. We walked through a small chapel, which was the supposive house of Mary, and watched people light prayer candles or tie pieces of fabric and paper to a prayer wall. I didn't light a candle, instead I took the two that I was allowed from the chapel candle box and saved them for my mother :P:P
I think the cost for this site was around 10 turkish Lira per person and I think there may have been an additional fee for vehicles as well.
I do recommend the site as well. Even if you are like me, a non believer, there is still something interesting of another culture to learn about and peace to be found from the peace of others.
After leaving the the second site we headed back to Izmir for another tasty family dinner. But our trip back was not to be with out an adventure of its own! A flock of sheep and some goats were being herded across the winding mountain road by a few men, possibly related. It was the first time I have ever experience traffic being stopped for farm animals to cross! I loved it!! I can not imagine this form of animal herding happening in the States. Especially in my beloved NJ! haha I can already picture in my head angry commuters on the Jersey turnpike shouting profanities at nonchalant sheep calmly crossing as if that was perfectly normal to do so :P