Any of you that have read earlier posts probably know that my daughter and I are not museum/ruins people. We have a low tolerance to these cultural experiences and two hours was absolutely our limit. I stopped being ashamed of my museum aversion this year and decided to embrace who I am. After all, I live in Brooklyn – the last time I was in a museum was about 10 years ago! Why then would I attempt museums, art, etc. in a foreign country?
It was July 2014, it was HOT and it was INCLUDED IN THE TOUR. We searched for one without it but could not find what we wanted and so we hopped in the van and decided to give it our best with a 2 hour tour to Ephesus.
Ephesus – an ancient town which used to be THE town back in the ancient day. People entered the town via a beautiful marble walkway. I wonder how many famous biblical figures traversed this marble.
Our guide told us only 20% of the town has been dug up so far! We were so glad it wasn’t 10 years from now when they dug up another 10%!
Many interesting facts….here is what I retained: there is an ancient statue of Nike, there were brothels and in the pavement were advertisements for these brothels, there was plumbing, they dug up the latrine, there are Terrace Houses (wasn’t on our tour, extra fee), there is an actual eagles nest at the end of the long road, cats….many cats, a stadium, too tired and hot to climb to it though, was at the end of the tour…cool Christian symbol that was used for Christians to identify themselves to each other as they were in a persecution era, the library is the best building, it is still beautiful and well preserved…you can actually touch rocks that people hundreds of years ago touched….TREES….SHADE….WATER….end of tour.
I know, some of you out there are rolling your eyes in disbelief ….at least we retained a little of the tour – not a total waste but … it was so HOT! You history buffs would LOVE this tour…add the Terrace Houses. If you’re like us, try it or skip it, depends on how much it means to you. We laughed at all those people with the umbrellas – just not a cool look, but I think we both wished we would have brought one. There is truly no shade except in a few places down the path – you know the one tree with 20 people and 2 cats under it!
TIP: Our best advice…don’t go in July! (If they had a swimming pool outside this attraction and charged 100 bucks per person they would have made a fortune!) Don’t bring kids unless you know they would like this stuff! It is too hot and too advanced a topic for them. Lots of uneven walking – watch where you are going or you will fall.