Monday, April 29, 2013

Turkey - Izmir

After Cappadocia, we hopped a plane to the Aegean Coast, to the port city of Izmir.We only had a morning to run around the city before going an hour or so south to the town of Selcuk, where we'd be spending a few nights, so off we went!

We went to the Agora, the ancient remains of the Roman city of Smyrna.They're still in the process of excavating, but they were all these amazing columns and tombstones and fountains and statues and everything!
We then went to the bazaar, not as big as the official Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, but really amazing and a great taste of shopping in Turkey. So easy to pick up your cow's head!
Then we were off to Selcuk, which is right next to another ancient Roman city - Ephesus! As you can see, I had lots of fun running around the ruins. I'm Samson... if I could reach, haha. We also stopped by what's believed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary and the nearby village of Sirince, which is famous for its wine. There my boyfriend bought me a flower crown, yay!
The next day we went around to more ancient ruins! Old stuff is everywhere! We saw one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis - um, it's a pond with a few columns now. We also stopped by the Temple of Athena and the Temple of Apollo (seen above). So pretty!
Yay, drinking wine at the ruins!