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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009:

On a gloomy Monday morning we docked in Kusadasi, Turkey.
Kuşadası is a resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast.
The harbour of Kusadasi, Turkey The harbour of Kusadasi, Turkey The harbour of Kusadasi, Turkey

Kuşadası's residential population is 50,000 rising to half a million during the summer when the large resorts fill with tourists.
The harbour of Kusadasi, Turkey The harbour of Kusadasi, Turkey The harbour of Kusadasi, Turkey

This statue of the Virgin Mary stands just outside The Acient City of Ephesus.
The statue is near the House of the Virgin Mary which is a Christian and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos.
It is believed by many Christians and Muslims that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken to that stone house
by Saint John and lived there until her Assumption into Heaven.
The two pictures to the left of the statue were taken from that same location.
Statue of Mary Sheep being herded down the hill behind the statue of Mary View from the Statue of Mary

Şirince is Greek village village of 600 inhabitants.
Souvenir shops, an open market, a dozen restaurants and a few guest houses scatter the pretty cobbled streets of the village.
Although tourism has come into the village, farming remains the foremost activity.
Oprah Winfrey spent several days here earlier in the year.
The small village of Sirince, Turkey The small village of Sirince, Turkey The small village of Sirince, Turkey

Watch the four minute video below to see the small village of Sirince, Turkey.

I spent most of the afternoon exploring the ruins of ancient Ephesus.
Ephesus was an ancient Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey.
It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era.
In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, the empire's capital.
Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world.
The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BCE), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The Temple was destroyed in 401 CE by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom.
Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths.
The town was again partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614.
The ruins of ancient Ephesus The ruins of ancient Ephesus The ruins of ancient Ephesus

The Temple of Hadrian (center picture below) dates from the 2nd century but underwent repairs
in the 4th century and has been reerected from the surviving architectural fragments.
The Library of Celsus (lower right picture), the façade of which has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces,
was built ca. CE 125 by Gaius Julius Aquila in memory of his father and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls.
The ruins of ancient Ephesus The Temple of Hadrian The Library of Celsus

Ephesus contains the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. Only an estimated 15% has been excavated.
The ruins that are visible give some idea of the city's original splendor, and the names associated with the ruins are
evocative of its former life. The theater dominates the view down Harbour Street, which leads to the long-silted-up harbor.
The Theater - At an estimated 44,000 seating capacity, it is believed to be the largest outdoor theater in the ancient world.
The Theater in ancient Ephesus The Theater in ancient Ephesus The Theater in ancient Ephesus

Watch the eleven minute video below to see the ancient city of Ephesus.

Unfortunately I didn't have too much time to spend in Kusadasi itself.
I was able to snap a few photos of the harbour area before returning to the ship.
You can see a small rainbow in the picture on the lower right.
The Kusadasi Bazaar Looking toward the harbour from the main square in Kusadasi Ataturk (founder of the Republic of Turkey) Statue

The moon broke through the clouds as we sailed away from Kusadasi bound for Israel.
Me on the Royal Princess in Kusadasi, Turkey Oceania's Nautica in Kusadasi, Turkey The moon breaks through the clouds as we sail away from Kusadasi, Turkey

Watch the eleven minute video below to see the port city of Kusadasi, Turkey.

I returned to Kusadasi in 2013. Click HERE for the details.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON OCTOBER 26, 2009
Hello folks,

We docked in Kusadasi, Turkey this morning around 8:00. Kusadasi is a resort town on the coast of the Aegean Sea.

The harbour of Kusadasi, Turkey

The statue below is the Virgin Mary. It was made in Lima, Ohio and donated to the city. The statue is not far from the small house that the Vatican recognizes as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary.

Statue of Mary

While we were at the statue a large flock of sheep was being herded down the mountain just behind the statue.

Sheep being herded down the hill behind the statue of Mary

Next we visited the small Turkish village of Sirince. Oprah Winfrey spent several days here this summer.

The small village of Sirince, Turkey

Next we visited the Ephesus Museum which houses artifacts unearthed from the ruins of Ephesus.

The ruins of Ephesus

Next it was off to Ephesus itself. We entered through the Magnesia Gate and walked down the marble-paved road into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital.

The ruins of Ephesus

I found the place to be more impressive than the Colosseum in Rome. Below is the Fountain of Trajan.

The ruins of Ephesus

Below is the Temple of Hadrian.

The ruins of Ephesus

Below is the public latrine. Not much privacy here.

The ruins of Ephesus

Below is the Celsus Library.

The Library of Celsus

Below is the Grand Theater where Saint Paul preached to the Ephesians. It seats 24,000 people. Elton John, Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, Povaroti and many others have had concerts here.

The Theater in ancient Ephesus

Got back to the Kusadasi harbor just in time to sail away.

The harbour of Kusadasi, Turkey

Below is a picture of Kusadasi from the ship just before we sailed away.

The ruins of Ephesus

Tomorrow is a sea day as we make our way to Israel. I will have two full days in Israel. They will be long days as I have a 10 hour tour scheduled each day. So I will rest up tomorrow.

Tim

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009:

On Tuesday we were sailing in the eastern most part of the Mediterranean Sea heading for Israel.


I visited Istanbul in 2013. Click HERE for the details.


Click on the arrow above to continue to my next adventure, ISRAEL.

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