"kusadasi in mid - winter"
arrived at izmir airport early hour of xmas eve mornin .stayed at pine bay marina hotel in kusadasi on a 7 day break in turkey. spent 1st day at ephesus only a 20 min drive from my hotel & a excellent site it is with its 2 theatre's & library of celsus been only some of the highlights theirs also baths a gym a colonade full of temples & a fountain & prized houses a seperate & 2b honest step fee required to enter these beautiful & elegant dwellings who ever lived here money was'nt a object or concern . after ephesus toured the grotto of the 7 sleepers some photo opportunity's here but over all not 2 much to c but if going to ephesus it's worth a look
from the 7 sleepers went to the virgin mary they say the virgin appered here the site consists of a lovely little chapel well worth a visit .kusadasi it's not a bad little town but its a summer town & is quite dead in winter there's a few photo opportunity's but beside's the fortress of pigeon island & a citadel in the town their's not a lot of things of historical intrest .
"priene , miletus & didyma"
1st stop priene got here early xmas mornin good cold fresh clear mornin great little site with wonderful visual surroundings as far a the eye could see with its temple to athena & theatre u should spend at least a hour more like 2 at this site plenty to c & photograph this site has much more of a greek look & feel to it there's also a egyptian god or goddess temple but its fairly ruinous state & greek style odion or small theatre as well as the much bigger theatre on the site.. miletus this a excellent sight much over shadowed by ephesus. but not 2 b missed its massive theatre leaves the 2 theatres at ephesus in the dust granted the rest of the site is not as awsome but still has some gems 2 b seen . there's a bath complex complete with statues & a stadium or gym both are superb photo opportunity's there'a market place full of shell's of roman era buildings & a harbour monument as well so dont miss out . finally there is the the temple at didyma this marble colousses was never completed im told but presents magnificent photographic opportunity's as does the statues & freezes that surround the once mighty temple
"afrodisias & herakleia"
when i heared afrodisias was roughly only 2 hours from kusdasi i hired a private taxi the very next mornin its a excellent site not far of ephesus in grandour but it make up for it with location . the lovely snow capped surrounding mountains really stood out as a back drop. a what a treat this site really is.the highlights been the massive stadium & theatre also the sebasteion & tetrapylon but the museum is a real turkish delight check out all the freezes from the sebasteion and a great selection of statues in & outside the museum as well of a aray of sarcophagi and massive clay jugs & jars . finally on to herakleia a real rough diamond nothing to outstanding except for the temple of athena but the location sandwiched in between the lovely lake bafa & a beautiful mountain range make sure u take herakleia in even for the landscape alone