We stayed in the city of Kusadasi. It was a small, but very lively town by to Aegean coast of Turkey. We loved Kusadasi and unfortunately we didn’t get to stay long, but it is absolutely a fun town filled with shops and restaurants. And the view of the ocean is wonderful.
We loved our guide Octavio. He called us Vietnam and China the whole time because we told them that is where we are from. Octavio was such a wonderful guide, he was funny, knowledgeable, more than willing to take our picture, and he speaks several languages almost fluently (English, Turkish, Spanish, and French).
Ephesus was once an international commercial trade center.
House of the Virgin Mary
This is where the Virgin Mary may have spent her last days. There is also several water fountains which are considered “holy.” Each fountain will bring you good health, wealth, fertility, etc…So of course Lisa and I drank from every single one, we need all the help we can.
Temple of Artemis
The Temple of Artemis is almost non-existent. Many of the parts have been taken and sent to be housed at other museums around the world. Literally, a few stones are all that remains.
After finishing the tour, we were dropped off in town to explore. It is a beautiful central area, but I did feel very out-of-place. There were hardly any women in the gathering places. It was all men sitting around having conversations, playing games, and reading newspapers.