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Road Trip to Ephesus and Beyond...

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Yesterday morning we were in Kos, Greece. Now we are a boat trip and 500kms away in Pumakkale, Turkey....how did we get here? After the ferry trip to Bodrum we avoided the herds of tourists and rented a car with a half a tank of gas, put on our dark sunglasses and headed for the hills. The car rental guy wasn't prompt by any stretch of the imagination so we had time in Bodrum for some fresh juice and a straight razor shave for Colin before we caught a lift to our car. Finally, the open road was ours...we aren't sure if it is the price of gas or rumours of the worst driving records in Europe, but the roads here are all but empty. A nice change from New York and St.Maarten. The roadsides are littered with kiosks that we couldn't figure out what they were selling without pulling over...so 15 minutes, and 3 kiosks later, we were back on our way with bags full of dried figs and almonds and fresh grapes. Snack tip: shove as many almonds as you can into a dried fig and eat! Delicious!
Our travel book warns us to avoid the attractions in the hours when the big tour buses are there, so for Ephesus it is either 8-8:30am or 6:30-7pm. We opted for food and a nap first and Ephesus in the morning. Natalie had her heart set on a restaurant she had a recommendation for so off we went to find it with directions from our hostel. 8 new sets of directions later and one phone call to the restaurant from a cousin of the owner we met along the way and we were met in the street the owners children. This is a small town, but surprisingly tricky...
Dinner was great, we are learning that we don't need to order the entire menu every meal.

Early was the right time to see Ephesus. We managed to get half way around these amazing ancient ruins before it was over run with the hordes. The pictures don't do it justice, check www.flickr.com/whereintheworldarecolinandnat for more pictures. Back on the road to Pumakkale, stay tuned...

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Posted by colincampbell 12:16 Archived in Turkey

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