It was a great time in Turkey, and off-season travelling was a good choice for us. Even it’s a bit cold, but there were not many people, and we did enjoy 4 weeks in this charming country.
Landing Ataturk airport at mid-night, and sleeping at airport is always convenient, money-and-time saving 🙂
We took the early flight to Izmir next morning, then moved ahead to Selcuk by train.
This small square really impressed us: blue sky, ancient pillar, and many locals gathered for coffee and tea.
There are also many restaurants around here, with good price and good food.
14-km far from Selcuk is Sirince village, where we could get there by bus (there are many buses, hourly, to connect these 2 points).
The ambiance here was great, and we felt relax wandering there in the afternoon.
On the way moving from Selcuk to Ephesus, we would pass-by the Temple of Artemis (Artemision), one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. But all available today is here, unfortunately, because of arson by Herostratus and plundering.
And Ancient City of Ephesus was very worthy spending a day, especially for ones who love ruin sites.
Walking through/across Arcadian Way and Curetes Street, we could see the Ephesus Theatre. I think it’s less monumental then arenas in Italy, but this was the first of this type I’ve ever seen.
Selcuk Library is the 3rd biggest library in the ancient time. We stood there wondering how people could build it from the stone, and imagined how was the atmosphere when people came there to study/read.
There are 4 statues in front of the gates of the Library, who are: Sophia (Wisdom), Arete (Virtue), Ennoia (Intelligence), and Episteme (Knowledge).
Next by the Library, there is an ancient market, where the trading rules were set in stone.
And we wish to have time-travel-machine, in order to see how ancient people exchanged goods at least once in our lives ^^
(to be continued)