|Oct 12, 2006|
Today we hit another city, and a new country, and even a new continent! Kusadasi is a port city in the western part of Turkey, and also the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus. Until planning of the trip, I wasn't familiar with Ephesus, but after being there, I have to say it is one of the most impressive ancient city ruins I've seen. More than the Acropolis, and more than Olympia. And we also learned during a tour that only 10% of the city has been uncovered. It was amazing to be able to see it and to be able to imagine what life would have been like there.
After returning to port, we wandered around the bazaar, which is supposedly the second largest in Turkey, second to Istanbul's. Although it was interesting, it wasn't as I expected. I didn't expect it to be so modern - along with the souvenir shops, there were also leather shops and clothing shops, all selling the most modern styles, though probably catering to the West more than I would have hoped. I suppose that's the problem with these places, they make their money from tourism money, so they probably cater to those tourist crowds. It was also quite overwhelming, it's definately not like shopping in the US, as you walk by the shops the workers come out and try to persuade you to enter their shops. And actually, when I hear