“I walked today where Jesus walked…”*
Well, not really, but I walked where Paul spoke to the Ephesians. This side tour to Ephesus from Kuşadası, Turkey was a trip down the memory lane of my Bible-based childhood. Ephesus is no longer a seaport.
Climate and change of terrain now place it up-valley; yet with the help of a knowledgeable guide one can envision it as it was.
through which water flushed away their daily duties. They had a theater that seats 25,000 and a hospital which declared that death could not enter.
(Surgeries were done outside and those too sick to survive were sent home.)
The Library is an impressive monunent to learning. (Austria has commandeered the original statues from the library. Copies stand in their places.)
I’m never good at details…so click here and read more. I am going to post a ton of photos that will give you a snapshot of this site but can’t hope to do it justice. Just the impressions were more than I could assimilate in a couple of hours.
When I disembarked from the Wind Spirit I had left Kuşadası without a backward glance. When I returned from the tour, I refused the portion that took us through the rug and silk-factory, made my way through the gauntlet of vendors and the Duty-Free Shop and went back to the ship to think about all I had seen and learned. So I never visited the city of Kuşadası itself.
*Remembered hymn from my childhood.
TRAVEL NOTE: If you are anywhere close to this historical site, take the opportunity to visit.(Unless you are one of those people who will carry your Baedeaker’s and have studied this intensively before your arrival…hire a guide.)