Turkey

Selcuk, Turkey, Artemision

The area and even the Center of Selcuk puts up many stork nests and Sheila had  fun watching the storks fly and feeding their chicks in the nests. Within the City Limits of Selcuk you will find the world class archiolocical sites of Ephesos (entrance fee for the closed compound required) and the Artemis temple which can be visited free of charge (visible on the Picture below, left of the big Isabey-mosque in the background). The mosque has impressive dimensions and a calm, peacefull inner court where you can enjoy the wonderful voice of the local muhezin. A lot of birds like swallows and daws are breading in the old walls.

 

  Sheila travelling in one of the legendary small busses Dolmus. Once you have understood the System with the help of friendly locals, using those mini busses is easy, reliable and comfortable.

A replica of the Artemis Temple was built about 1500 m North of the old Artemis temple at the end of Selcuk but it seems as it does not fullfills the promises. Everything was closed, not one car was parked there, no busses at all and I only saw one other person standing in a corner. A eary place. grass started growing through gaps in the nice marble floor and some of the marble panals were broken and the windows all were dirty. I had a hard time to find some information about this Investment (150 Million $ ???)  on the Internet, I only found this enthusiastic article from 2008. At least it is looking great. No half hour gladiator show was going on as promoted on the placard.

Selcuk also puts up a Castle in it’s Center and some amazing antique sites like the St. Jean Basilica , once one of the biggest churches of it’s time where nearby St. Jean is said to have been writing his Gospel in the upper smaller former church, later a cistern on top of the Castle hill.

Sheila in the cistern/chappel                                    and in front of the small mosque on Castle hill.

     antique bath tub?

Fountain in the City:

The area was struck by an earthquake about a  week after we left through Izmir, Turkey.

Pamukkale, Turkey, Hierapolis

Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) respectivly Hierapolis is another UNESCO World Heritage Site with lots to see and do.

 

The cock is a local symbol and trademark and was a Symbol for antique god Hermes         Sheila in front of one of the old gates of Hierapolis.

Sheila of course had to take a dip in Cleopatra’s Antique Pool, once surmounted by a Roman Apollo temple. It was maybe given to Cleopatra by Mark Anthony, maybe they together enjoyed the pool. Getting round in the pool bare-footed was kind of tricky with the old broken antique columnes lying in and on the bottom of the pool, Sheila in one Hand and the action camera in the other,  but fun. Maybe Sheila is the first Rubber Duck to enjoy the pool. Cleopatra’s little sister  Arsinoë IV. lived and died in Ephesos 41 b.c. near by.

The old ruins are a impressive site.

Ephesos, Turkey

 In the big theater on the upper row.

While beeing in Kusadasi Sheila of course had to return to antique City Ephesos, one of the top archiological sites world wide and destination for many of the Cursade Ship tourists going to Kusadasi. Sheila was here 26 years ago on a Interail trip and the antique town is even more impressive now as before as a lot of work has been done in the widespread compound since that time. We were lucky, it was not yet season I think, it was not as crowded as shown on some pictures on the web. Yet hard to secretly  get pictures of Sheila alone in front of the famous buildings without posing and performing tourists. Ephesos of course is listed in the UNESCO world heritage list, located in Selcuk, about 20 km away from Kusadasi Harbour. It was not to hot either so we could really enjoy the place.

 

Sheila in front and in the big theater

 

Mysterious footprint (maybe a sign in front of a former brothel the square symbol probably stands for credit cards accepted) and another highlight, the Famous Library of Celsus

 

 

Some antique toilets                                                       and the Hadrian temple

 

Serapis temple, later a church in front of the upper congregation place Odeion at the upper “Agora” and more Stones. As I recently saw on TV Heron of Alexandria (“Mechanicus”, antique scientist, mathematician and sorcerer) built a steam driven automatic door opener in the old Serapis temple to amaze the masses. 1991 Sheila also visited the remains of the Artemis temple which was only one standing column at that time but she did not go there again this time. !! But it is on this Picture taken on this trip, left in the background, Sheila was supervising the shot.

It was one of the seven wonders of the antique world. Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Osman culture, different religions … all come together at Ephesos.  Arsinoë IV. the younger sister of Cleopatra died here 41 b.c.

The area was struck by an earthquake about a  week after we left through Izmir, Turkey.

 

 

Kusadasi

Sheila met her old friend Siegbert Squid. They occasionally meet each other under the sea to enjoy some Duck Weed together and talk about serious matters such as the global warming and the pollution of the ocean. Siegbert was surprised but happy to see Sheila again. Siegbert says all what they say about the global warming is just a hoax and that he has never felt any rise in air temperature. Friends of him the Valentine Beetles of Skyline Caverns which he however hasn’t seen for a long time have the same opinion, according to Siegbert. Siegbert however is concerned about all the plastic trash in the oceans and invasion of foreigners in his enclosure. Listen to this song too from 2011, years before the clima treaty of Paris and the refugee crisis.

 

As no Duck here has been photographed under water so far Sheila had to to the job so I booked a trip to Turkey and a excursion on a scuba diving boat. We got on a boat with excellent diving equipment and I booked a short but successfull guided show dive. I had to rent the biggest available suit though, those suckers tend to shrink as time passes.

 

 

Famous peace monument in the Harbour and well attended photo stop.

 Peace Memorial at the bay in Kusadasi

Excursion on the pretty Butterfly Island (also called Pigeon Island) in the bay of lively Kusadasi former antique Neapolis where frequently big Crusade ships land to allow their guest to visit the near by world class archiological sites such as Ephesos in Selcuk and the pretty town Kusadasi itself.

Sheila on the Butterfly Island (Pigeon Island in front of a Information sign about the birds of Kusadasi.

Start of a day Trip to Samos Greece, Sheila doing her usual savety checks on board and checking if the captain is doing his work properly.

When we came in 1991 we were on a much bigger ship , a car ferry one like the one which was lying in the Harbour next to the ship we were on this time.

 

Sheila suggested to protect yourselfe from the hot sun with a new hairdo.

 

 

Mount Ararat

 

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