Chuck Hillig's Travel Blog

Well, I'm going to be doing a lot of traveling over the next 6-7 months so I thought that I'd better re-activate my travel blog. The last time I posted anything here was way back in 2006 when I was traveling through SE Asia. Feel free to read my entries back then about my earlier adventures through India,Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, the Philippines and Hong Kong. This time (at least for the next six weeks), I'll be traveling through Greece and Turkey.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The ancient city of Ephesus....

Ephesus was actually mentioned in the book of Revelations by the apostle, St. John who lived here and is reputed to be buried at a local church.   He had moved here with the still-Virgin Mary in her later years.   Also walking the streets of Ephesus were Alexander the Great, Heraclitus and St. Paul who tried his best to win over these folks before finally leaving them to try his luck at convincing the Corinthians to give up their sinful ways.   At one time, this amazing city was home to over 250,000 inhabitants and was the site of the famous Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the  ancient World.  There's also a huge amphitheater in town that can seat 25,000 people for plays, debates, and athletic events.   Although they've been excavating these ruins for 150 years, it is generally agreed that they've only discovered about 15% of what's actually buried here.    There are still many many layers to be uncovered, so who knows what lies beneath?    You can see the locations of their shops, some of the homes for the wealthy, fountain and bathing areas, an aqueduct system, even an outdoor line of side-by-side toilets for the male inhabitants to use.   The guide said that slaves were ordered to sit and wait all day with their naked butts on the cold marble toilets so that the rich folks wouldn't have to endure the cold of the marble when they wanted to use the toilet. The library of Celsus here with its still  intact facade was considered to be the 3rd most important library in the ancient world.  (The famous library in Alexandra, Egypt, was the first, of course.).  After visiting the ruins and taking a lot of pictures, I got a ride back into Selcuk and spent a while going thought their huge open-air market that magically materializes ever Saturday and spreads out over several main streets and side streets.   As with other markets that I've seen in Greece, this one offers an incredible array of fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, and fish for sale.  The cabbages here are enormous....sometimes bigger than a large beach ball.   In other areas of the market, they have clothes, shoes, household items and just about anything else that you'd find at a local department store.   No special plans for tomorrow, so we'll just have to see what serendipity will bring.

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