After an uneventful, cheap flight on the discount airline Pegasus from Istanbul to Izmir, we picked up our National rental car, which we are keeping for the month of October, plugged in the GPS unit we'd brought along with us (with a Turkey driving directions we'd downloaded in the States), and headed off in the direction of Selcuk.
Things initially didn't go well, as often seems to happen when we arrive in a new place. First, I drove the wrong way on the road out of the airport, which became apparent when we saw a bus coming toward us in our lane. Although we were in the right lane, it was a 4-lane road with a median strip, so we weren't in the correct lane. Thankfully there was an opening in the median that allowed us to get into the proper section of the road without causing too much havoc! Second, the GPS led us directly to a security zone with armed guards who stopped us from going any further. Whaat??? We tried to explain we were looking for the road to Selcuk. They didn't really speak English, but they turned us around and pointed in the opposite direction. Apparently we needed to get OUT OF THE AIRPORT before programming the GPS. Once we did that our misadventures were behind us and we headed off through the warm, dry country (reminiscent of inland Southern California) toward our destination.
|St John Basilica with the castle behind it|
|Yes, he could sell us a rug|
|Curetes Way, Ephesus|
|Nike -- yep, it's a swoosh|
There has been plenty of reconstruction of the ruins, and sights like the Great Theater, the wide Curetes Way, and the Library of Celsus are really impressive.
|The library at Ephesus|
|How would you like to do this all day, every day?|
|Even the cats love spending time at Ephesus|