This morning we began the morning with a tour of Ephesus…an ancient city with amazing ruins in Selcuk. Probably the biggest difference between this and the ruins already seen was the remains of the terraces which showed how the wealthier Romans lived. The first excavation of terraces became subject to weather erosion so before excavating the second lot of terraces a building was built over rate top to protect it from the weather. Amazing frescoes, marble walls and tiled floors giving a fabulous idea of the way of life.
There were amphitheatre, library and Roman baths. For a moment we thought we were back in China as the tour groups arrived by the busloads! However we were soon to discover that there was a cruise ship in port and this was a major stopping point on their itinerary.
After visiting Ephesus we went to the site of a temple where only one of the many pillars remains. We weren’t the only ones interested in this as a family of storks had nested in the top! Before driving onto Bergama, 2 of the MG’s (one being Vulcan) decided to drive to the remains of the Basilica of St John. This was another wonderful site.
Arriving in Bergama after what would be the hottest day we have had we caught a cable car late afternoon to the top of the hill where there was yet another temple ruin…called the Acropolis. Although out time there was limited as I didn’t want to walk back down it was interesting to see what was there and the view from the top was spectacular!
Walking back to the hotel I couldn’t resist a photo of a local cart.