Skimming the Turkish tourist trail

Just a quick update tonight…

My eyes are heavy after a long, hot day skimming the tourist highlights around Selcuk: Ephesus, Artemis’ Temples, the Ephesus Museum and the local markets.

I arrived in a dark and deserted Seluck at 6am this morning after a sleepless overnight bus ride. Being a single female, I was seated up the front with the driver and given special point-and-do instructions by the classy bus attendants (who wore bow ties and served free beverages throughout the ride). I have to note that Turkish buses are unlike any others I’ve encountered: they have media screens in the back of every chair; attendants; a concierge service to help you transfer and load you luggage at pick up; and men who wash the bus at every toilet break.

But moving on.., Ephesus is a grand, amazingly intact example of a capital city built about 1000 years ago. Established by the Romans, but influenced by Byzantium and Ottoman cultures throughout the  centuries, a substantial part of this former capital city still stands, with stoic temple pillars and decadent fountain frescos.

I learnt so much today (which I may relay at a later date when my brain is not full of sleepy hormones) about the ancient world, but also experienced the joy and humble nature of a small Turkish community. Again, shop owners were gracious, polite and keen to tell me about the history or production of their wares. I made friends with an elderly Turkish man who gave me free Turkish Delight and a big ear-to-ear grin. I sat and spoke with a local ceramics artist who seemed more keen to explain the details of her art than sell me anything. I also ate some of the best (and cheapest) Turkish food of my life.

Tomorrow I have another early start to go explore the calcium travertine at Pamukkale (spruiked as the eight natural wonder of the world), before another overnight bus to Istanbul.



Published by Nic Freeman

I feel most like myself when I'm travelling, and enjoy sharing experiences and photography with fellow globe adventurers. Find me on Instagram for regular travel snaps @nicfreemanlife

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