Ephesus. Where do I even begin?
Imagine the people who wandered these streets: the Apostle Paul, who lived in Ephesus and wrote 1 Corinthians here, the Apostle John (buried nearby), Alexander the Great, Cleopatra... The amount of history in this place is stunning, and it's considered the best preserved site of the ancient Roman world, buried underground until excavations began in the late 1800s.
And for the kids, this doubled as a playground as they hopped and skipped over felled columns and crumbled ruins!
We practiced identifying our column capitals again - Ionic!
I love the way the light streamed in and cast a warm glow in the late afternoon.
This is the larger Ephesos amphitheater. I have a DVD set of Elton John playing a concert here, brilliantly lit by candlelight.Steps away from here stands a gladiator graveyard. The kids loved peeking inside the cracked tombs, searching for skeletons. All they found were cobwebs, though.
We then went on a tour of a Turkish carpet business - the detail and arduous work put into making these is truly extraordinary!
They treated a room full of tourists to teas and alcohol - Mark and I sampled the ouzo, and the kids enjoyed an amazing apple tea which tasted more like juice.