“New” Ephesus and a visit to a mountain village

“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” – Charles Dudley Warner (Courtesy HAL)

Our second day in Kusadasi started out overcast and remained for much of the day, in contrast to the day before when we were bathed in brilliant sunshine.  I therefore was a bit apprehensive about going on another tour. But to my delight it was worth the time and money.   A tour guide can make or break a tour and as the day before, we had one of the  best.  Our guide Merts, had spent part of his compulsory military service as a marine in Afghanistan and was proud to serve his country in it’s collective fight against terrorism.  He  is pictured here with the bust of a 2nd Century BC Roman Emperor.

Ephesus Museum (2) (800x600)

This bust and the statue below were recovered from the ruins of “ancient” Ephesus and had thoughtfully been buried in the ruins.  The statue or Artimus below was found wrapped in cloth soaked in olive oil and is in pristine condition. Artimus was the Goddess of Fertility.

Ephesus Museum (10) (600x800)

As we left the museum and motored through the city it  became apparent that these folks love their storks, so much so they build extensions above their electrical towers that the birds use for nesting.

Leaving the city we proceeded up the mountain side, on a very narrow and winding road to the village of Sirince.  This has an interesting history as in the early part of the last century it was wholly populated by Greeks.  In an attempt to “purify” his country, all Greeks living in Turkey were sent home to Greece and al the Turks in Greece were made to return home.  This new rulers name was Atatürk (sp) He was successful in transforming  Turkey into a modern state and is revered by his countrymen.

Sirince, Turkley (800x583)

Shopkeepers take care of stray animals.

Feeding their pets

old women still wear the traditional “baggy”trousers…

Sirince, Turkley (8) (800x600)

And Barbara loves shopping for Turkish delights….

Sirince, Turkley (9) (800x600)

Next:  Three days in Istanbul

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