Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Long awaited new post

Hello all,

Apologies for not posting in a few days. We've been in Selçuk, along the western Anatolian coast, which is famous for being near the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Those ruins are the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the eastern Mediterranean. While there were a fair amount of tour groups going through, the place isn't really cordoned off, so we could easily escape from the tourists on the main path and go off on our own archaeological expedition. We took tons of pictures, and think it may be about time to sign up for a Flickr account or something. Stay tuned.

Other adventures in the Selçuk area include: a misbegotten scooter rental, a Saturday market and a day trip to the otherworldly Pamukkale.

Here is a video of Matt at the ancient amphitheater.

Yesterday we visited Pamukkale, which we had not heard of before we arrived in Turkey. It's absolutely amazing. Limestone from a hot spring created white formations. It's kind of like being on another planet. This short video really doesn't do it justice. We will post pictures later.


Amelia said...

Wow! That was so cool! I want to go to the amphitheater at Ephesus! And I saw some pics on Facebook too. I am reeling with nerd-like historical jealousy (and the fact that I saw Hannah wearing a sun dress while we have Amelia-style rain boot weather).

All I can say is that, again, I am proud of myself for having such cool traveling religion and history friends.

Jessica said...

You know what I find astounding? In the States, the mosaic and stone you walk over would be in a museum under glass. It looks like a wonderful place. I may never get to Rome, but I do enjoy the Roman ruins. I'm loving the background details you've attached to these posts.