Monday, May 28, 2012
Our Tour in Kusadasi, Turkey
Itʹs one superlative attraction after another on this tour, which begins with a scenic drive to the possible remains of the House of Virgin Mary. It is recorded that St. John the Apostle brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus after the death of Christ and that she spent her last days in a small house. The dating of articles found at the site, which is now a church, lends credence to the belief that Virgin Mary indeed lived here. Ephesus is one of the most magnificent ancient cities of Asia Minor, and the wealth of Roman ruins here is absolutely astounding, especially considering that most of them havenʹt been excavated yet. You can walk among the ruins of the Odeon theater, public baths, the beautifully restored Celsus Library, and the Grand Theater where St. Paul once preached. The theater seats almost 24,000 people and has wonderful acoustics. In fact, it is still used today for music performances. Later, you will meander through the Museum of Ephesus, which houses an impressive collection of statues and other archaeological treasures excavated nearby. Following your included lunch, you will transfer back to Kusadasi where you can do some shopping or attend an informative carpet demonstration.
The possible remains of the House of Virgin Mary was beautiful – unfortunately we were not allow to take photos inside.
Outside we were allowed to drink the holy water. In the photo below you will see Winsome filling a water bottle with holy water as Lionel thought if he kept rubbing it on the bump on his head that it would shrink & eventually disappear & he would not have to do the surgery. Unfortunately, it did not have the desired effect and he had the surgery done on June 26.
The wishing wall, above, at the House of the Virgin Mary is where visitors can write their wishes or prayers and place them on the wall.
We walked through the beautiful ruins and after the long & tiring walk we were rewarded with a delicious Turkish lunch – especially the desserts.
The public toilets used in early Roman times were very special and gave a new meaning to the expression “cheek to cheek”
After lunch the tour ended with a demonstration of silk carpet making which is a very slow and tedious task – hense the incredibe price for which they are sold. Following that we had some time to explore the local stores before returning to the ship.