Is it possible to watch Greece while standing at the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea? Yes! It’s very easy when you are in Kusadasi!
Samos is a Greek island in the North Aegean Sea off the Ionian coast of Turkey and opposite Kusadasi. It was a pleasant surprise for me when I went to the balcony of my room in the hotel and saw this island very close. We have been told that there were daily ferry services from Kusadasi to the nearby Greek island of Samos.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Kusadasi on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37° 49' 11.35" N 27° 15' 51.36" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Samos and Mycale Strait.
Temple of Apollo at Didyma.
The temple at Didyma, famous for its oracle, was dedicated to Apollo and was the richest and biggest of the Ionian temples on Anatolian soil.The temple is 60m wide,120m long and 24m. high and consists of 122 Ionic columns. The pronaos - the forecourt - had 12 columns standing on a a base structure with 7 steps all around.
Sailing down the coast of Turkey, the first stop was Kusadasi. Kusadasi means "Bird Island" and the town gets its name from the little island in the harbor.
Because of the marina and relatively large harbor, Kusadasi is a favorite port for tour ships. As a result the "downtown area has many good stores and ample opportunities abound for shoppers.
As in most (all?) other Turkish cities the ritual visit to a rug shop is a must for the tourist on a hunt for the perfect rug.
Bargans can be found, but you need to know the various qualities of the rugs. In general the more knots, the higher the price; Wool on Wool will be more expensive than a Cotton blend and Silk will cost your first born, both arms and possibly a leg or two....But they are beautiful...
Of course, Kusadasi is also the starting place for a trip to Ephesus which is only about 18 Km from the port. Ephesus is one of the finest examples of restoration of the ancient ruins and is a must see event.