Day 6 we arrived in Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey. I had no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be my second favorite stop.
I’m no history buff but visiting the ruins of Ephesus was like walking back through time. In complete contrast to our previous day in Athens, Ephesus did not disappoint. Once our ship docked in Turkey, we disembarked and caught a taxi to the ruins. We did have to do some haggling so I suggest asking the cruise or hotel staff for fair taxi rates. Our taxi driver was great though and gave us a bit of a tour on our way to the ruins.
We arrived fairly early so it didn’t start getting crowded until later into the day. We actually were able to explore some of the ruins unlike the roped-off, under construction Acropolis. Considering this ancient Greek city was created in the the 10th century BC some of the ruins were in amazing condition. The efforts to maintain and restore the area were evident. In the third photo you can see the restoration and careful reconstruction of the entrance for the temple of Hadrian. The Library of Celsus (all original pieces) and the theater were the most impressive structures on the grounds. The theater could hold thousands of spectators. It doesn’t look so different from the amphitheaters we use today! The site is fairly large so there are many different places to explore including the House of the Virgin Mary.
Plus you can’t forget all the cats! They were everywhere and judging by the water someone left the cat and her kittens, they seem like a welcomed addition.
If you have the opportunity to visit Kusadasi, I highly recommend skipping the shopping and taking the short taxi ride to the ruins.