Travel with me #84 : The Ancient City of Ephesus

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Greetings Steemit friends:

In this edition of Travel with me, we'll be departing from the gateway between Europe and Asia that is Istanbul and making our way to a tiny little town in the far west of Turkey just a few kilometres from the coast bordering with the Aegean Sea. The town of choice is Selçuk, although modest in size, it is actually one of the most visited towns in all of Turkey because of it's proximity to the ancient city Ephesus.

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As you can see from the map, travelling from Istanbul to Selçuk is actually quite some distance. The rail network is sparsely accommodating and would take you on a fairly long detour with many long waits in between so I would not recommend it.

Should you choose to take a coach, then expect a 9 hour overnight journey which might prove to be uncomfortable but a cheaper option.

On the other hand, taking a domestic flight to Izmir and then catching a short train journey to Selçuk is the quickest albeit more expensive option. To ease your mind over the costly sounding journey, you can expect to pay around 50 dollars for the plane and train ticket and save yourself around 4 to 5 hours compared to taking the coach.

Once you arrive in Selçuk, it is then a 5 minute drive from the town centre to Ephesus for which you will have two entrances to choose from.

  1. The North Entrance which starts at the The Bath of Varius.

  2. The South Entrance which starts with The Theatre

Other than seeing the sites in opposite orders, the only difference between the entrances come down to your preference of going up-hill or down-hill.

At this time of year, the temperatures at midday can reach 45°C. There is very little shade from the blistering sunshine. The sensible option would be to save your energy of climbing up a hill and start at the northern entrance.

If possible, I would even recommend coming in the late afternoon when the heat subsides, I made the mistake of coming right in the middle of noon and paid the price of getting a little heat stroke.

Ephesus

Ephesus is known as one of the best-preserved classical cities on the eastern Mediterranean and is an ideal place to stroll back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of life in Hellenistic and Roman times. It was once considered a commercial centre rivalling the infamous Alexandria.

Today, the city has done well to stand the test of time and there are many structures that remain mostly intact.

Walking along the "streets" of Ephesus, you can imagine the people of ancient times with their old carts trundling through the streets all those centuries ago.

Certainly, there is a strong sense of timelessness as you walk around.

Although almost all the buildings and temples have now collapsed, many of the pillars remain standing today. They now serve as markers for the perimeters of the buildings that once stood there.

The pillars at the front are the remains of The Temples of Dea Roma and Divus Julius. This was a temple erected in the 1st century for use by the Imperial Cult - a religious sect which never became truly recognised. Originally it was formed as a mission to unite the various religions amongst the people of the city.

Just behind the front pillars, you can see the remains of The Prytaneion which was the administrative building or city hall. This would have been used for welcoming visitors of the state, as well as meetings between officials.

This is the Memmius Monument, a sizeable memorial dedicated to Memmius son of Caius and grandson of Sulla.
I believe the partially intact stone statue on the side is of Memmius.

In the distance, you can make out the two pillars which would have been the entrance to The Domitian Temple. This temple was believed to be the first temple of the cult of emperors in Ephesus.

As required in all cities, ancient or modern, our long time cat companions. This was just one of the many cats I saw snoozing in the shade, hiding from the blistering heat. I do wonder whether the cats around here could trace their family tree all the way back to the ancient times. A passing thought!

All around, we see some really detailed excavations of some historical figures, or mythic legends.

This is the Greek goddess of Victory - Nike!

She is often called the Winged Goddess for obvious reasons!

The Odeon

As shown by the sign-post, the Odeon was used as a concert hall theatre, but actually had a second function as the Bouleterion (Senate House). Here, the senate and advisory council of the city would congregate and discuss city matters.

Theatres built by the ancient Greeks and ancient Romans were usually semi-circles, aside from congregational meetings, they were also used for performances. This is in contrast to the Amphitheatres which were used for Gladiator combats and were fully circular in shape.

Further along from the Odeon, we reach Curetes Street which starts with the Hercules Gate, and ends at the Celsus Library.


The Curetes Street would have had fountains, monuments, statues and shops on either sides. Even when the city was still inhabited in the ancient times, earthquakes were frequent and as a result, many of the structures on the street were damaged.

These were some of the houses people used to live in.

This is a closer look at the Domitian Temple. Parts of a huge statue were excavated and thought to be that of the Emperor Domitian.

The Nymphaeum of Trajan. This was a two story building which was built in honour of the Roman Emperor Trajan. The building had it's own private pool with water cascading from beneath a statue of the emperor.

The Hadrian Temple

The Terrace Houses

These were the dwellings of the rich people of Ephesus. The pictures below show many of the houses to be three stories tall, and many had their own courtyards. Interestingly, most of the rooms were without windows.

On the ground, there are intricate mosaics of mythological scenes.

It's hard to believe, but aside from these private houses being furnished to the highest standard, they were also fitted with fountains and even "central heating"!

The Celsus Library

As you can see, it is situated at the end of the Curetes Street and is one of the most complete structures left standing in Ephesus.

The Celsus Library was the third largest library in the ancient world and was built by Gaius Julius Aquila as a tribute memorial to his father, Gaius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus.

To this day, the sarcophagus of Celsus lies in the crypt beneath the building.

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After around three hours, we finally make it to the last structure, but as they say, "last but not least" we have The Theatre. One of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Originally a Hellenistic theatre, it was later restored into a Roman style and could seat over 24,000 people.

Believe it or not, the population of Ephesus once stood at a staggering ~250,000. As such, it became the capital of the province of Asia Minor.

Such a theatre would have been used for performances but also demonstrations of social, political and economical nature. It was also frequently used for gladiator games in the Roman times.

The theatre was originally two stories in height and was further heightened by the Romans at a later date.

Notice how the theatre leans on the side of a hill, this is how theatres were built in the Hellenistic period. It was the Romans who later invented free standing walls and thus the emergence of theatres which did not lean on the side of a hill.

By this point, I was extremely exhausted but an obligatory snap from the top of the steps to show just how big the theatre is was a necessary evil. I hope you enjoy the view!

Check out my video for some extra clips!

During my visit to Ephesus, I was approached by a very friendly German man who was interested in where I blog. He even asked me for my card! I realise I should probably get some Steemit cards to hand out but in the meantime I directed him to Steemit and hopefully he'll be interested in signing up!


Thank you for taking this tour of The Ancient City of Ephesus with me. I hope you enjoyed working your imagination in recreating the atmosphere of this ancient metropolis and at the same time picked up some interesting historical facts that perhaps you didn't know before!

As always, I appreciate an upvote if you liked my post, a follow if you want to stay up to date with my activities and please leave a comment to let me know what you think!


这一次来到土耳其,有机会可以在这里待2,3周时间,所以决定游历土耳其不同的城市,所以我制定了一条长长的路线。其中以弗所是我整段行程中最期待的地方。以弗所是古希腊人在小亚细亚建立的一座大城市,传说圣母玛利亚就终老于此,它位于浪漫的爱琴海河口,最初由雅典殖民者建立这个城市,现在归于土耳其所有。以弗所废墟是土耳其的著名的旅游点,当然也是我一直向往的一个地方,因为我非常喜欢有历史文化的地方,今天我就带着大家走进以弗所废墟,感受一下现存世界上最大、保存最完整的的古希腊、古罗马城池。

以弗所被称为土耳其的庞贝古城,曾拥有40万到50万居民,据说是当时世界上最大的城市之一。参观以弗所废墟,我要给你们2个温馨小提示,1是以弗所废墟,最好避开夏季,因为这里毕竟是一整个废墟的城池,所以并没有任何建筑可以为你遮阳,就连树荫都很少。这次我在炎炎夏日来到以弗所,真是吃了不少苦头,为了和朋友拍摄点好看的照片,在将近40多度的高温天气里,旋转跳跃不停摆姿势,拿着沉沉的相机,趴在地上,石块上不停拍,感觉不仅我要晒化了,相机也快化掉了。2是以弗所废墟有上下两个入口,一高一低,我的建议是从从上入口进,一路下坡路,确实非常省力气。别看这是废墟,我们连玩带拍,也花了小3个小时时间,到最后很热很累,已经快中暑了,火辣辣的土耳其阳光给我留下的纪念品,大概是现在接近炭黑的皮肤了。

以弗所古城主要分为3条大道,沿路都是历史遗迹,古罗马浴场,音乐厅,市集,图书馆,还有妓院,神殿和剧场,走上这条长长的道路,就好像进入了时空穿梭机,一下子回到了过去。首先看到的是古代时候,陶瓷制造的输水管,旁边就是古罗马公共浴场了,就连当今著名的土耳其浴也是由罗马浴池发展演变而来的。这么多大小石块堆砌成的庞大建筑一下子全部出现在眼前的时候,我被深深的震撼到。来到这里,你可以深切的感受到,历史就在身边。接下来是音乐厅,这个半圆形的庞大建筑出现在我眼前,我仿佛被施了魔法一样,看见了古时候人们排着队爬上音乐厅的楼梯的场景。这个音乐厅可以容纳1400人,看台后面是高墙,两边各有入口。与罗马式剧场建筑设计不同的是,这个音乐厅还搭建了屋顶,可以如今已经崩塌。我站在崩塌后的废墟旁拍了一张照,非常有意义的照片,我格外喜欢。市政厅已经看不太出原有的样子了,只是一些石头块上的图腾还清晰可见。

紧接着我们来到了土密善神殿和波里欧喷泉,还有胜利女神Nike的画像,据说这可以是知名运动品牌Nike原形呢。整个城池的经典大多围绕着这条克里特斯大道展开,昔日这条路直通港口,是运送木材和火苗的直通车。站在哈德良神殿门口,被拱门正中央胜利女神的头像照耀着光芒,感觉好极了。接下来来到的塞尔瑟斯图书馆,算是以弗所古城的地标建筑,照在这个巨大的图书馆面前,感觉太壮观了。最后这个领出门坡下大门口的大剧院,感觉比之前看到的音乐厅还要大一倍,虽然当时我看到音乐厅,已经被震撼的惊叹不已了。这个大剧院可以容下2万5千人,这个大剧院依旧是半圆形造型,建筑风格融合了希腊和罗马的特色。大剧院依靠山而建,非常像希腊的建筑特色,而那特色的圆形拱门,是十足的罗马建筑风格。在回去的路上,还有一路好奇追问的德国家庭,看我们一路认真的拍摄,非常好奇的询问了我们的摄影设备和我的博客地址,只是被问到名片的时候,有些遗憾,下次要做张Steemit的名片发放给感兴趣的人们,不过这一次旅行,让我有机会给全世界的游客宣传Steemit,迎来了全世界更多旅游博主的到来,可谓是收获不小。就这样,终于带大家走完了一整个古城的景点,希望大家喜欢这个汇聚了古希腊和罗马历史精华的古城,之后还有更多不一样的土耳其美景等着和大家分享。

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Impressive monuments ... but who is that beauty in red? One of the famous Greek goddesses who suddenly decided to appear the neighbor country of Greece, in Turkey? ;-)

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Thank you jaki01, its just little 'ole me! Greek Goddesses rarely grace us with their presence if ever..

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... its just little 'ole me!

;-) I know ... was just kidding. Great photos ... and by the way: you are not old! :)

Awesome place...
Loved all your images......beautiful you!!!!!!!!

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What do you say to the most beautiful girl
The most beautiful girl in the world
How would you say
That her smile brightens your day
She is a site to behold
A treasure more precious than platinum or gold
She is poetry in motion, a work of art
How do I win her heart
She is the most beautiful girl in the world
How do I let her know
How deep my feelings go
How do I say that she is the sun the moon, my starlit sky
The apple of my eye
She is the most beautiful girl in the world
Never has there been, never will there be another such as her
To fill my heart with joy and laughter
She is the most beautiful girl in the world
How do I tell her my heart is true
What is a man to do
When the most beautiful girl in the world is you.
I hope you will liked it this poetry @sweetsssj :)

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Hereby I knight thee the ‘white knight of the year 2017.’
Well done!

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Hahahaha

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thank you for this my friend, i'm quite flattered!

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My pleasure @sweetsssj❤✌:)

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Waoo Really Awesome....my new post ...[Akshardham Temple]

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wow you did it again, very nice place, the ancient place,looking for the history The Ancient City of Ephesus it's amazing, thanks for sharing with us.we are happy to see the place as if we are there also.
thanks for sharing your travel with us.the photo shoot is perfect. you got super 10000 million thumbs up and upvoted BY :::

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last time you wrote that red is becoming your fave color
it suits you!
pretty hot out there :)

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yes! I seeem to have quite fleeting favourite colours :s

At-least in Turkey, the colour red is appreciated very much! :)

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I love it, too!
bloody sexy :)

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Really awesome post !! my new post [Best Indian Sweets]

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What am awesome post. I love the photos of the digs. Those are so fascinating. I would like to visit there some day!

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Definitely very fascinating, I can't believe how much of it is still intact after thousands of years!

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Lovely photos. You deserve a vote. Please check my blog.

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Very nice you smooth talker you! :-)

Cryptogee

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so sweet, i get some extra knowledge from you. thank you very much dear.

Absolutely stunning imagery. Thanks for the beautiful tour.

thanks again for sharing about your travels sweetssj. I liked reading about the city of Ephesus.

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you're welcome edolo, hope you learned some things, I certainly did!

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flag for useing randowhale for upvoting own comment.
i flag also randowhale for this.
chang your code!

I have read a lot about Ephesus. It is immutable to see they did not have the knowledge for electricity. It they were pushing their prowess to build such beautiful buildings.
Thanks for the great pics.
Always on top of your game

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thank you pouchon, you're right that they did amazingly well despite not having the technology we have today that we've come to take for granted..

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Are you saying you think they had electricity? I know some people say the ancients had electricity - like apparently there are Egyption hieroglyphics that show it. Like wall paintings. I think Ephesus is mentioned in the Bible.

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I'm not sure about the electricity part, but I do know that the Apostle Paul apparently spent 3 years at Ephesus during his missionary journey.

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Interesting, I wonder what he did there. Three years is a long time! Are there artifacts about his journey there?

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Sadly there isn't any physical artefacts left there to show his stay, but there are many clues in the bible. Many people believe that Paul wrote the Epistle to the Philippians during his alleged imprisonment there.

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OK interesting. Is the prison still there?

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Hi @sweetsssj! Thanks for this wonderful post. I love the letter of Paul to the Ephesians. Just curious.. what's your religious world view?

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I'm leaning on being agnostic, but I think it's a pretty grey area, or a gradient. I was brought up in loose Buddhist background but I don't agree nor consider myself to align with that school of thought either. Later on, it became more and more clear to me that there is no religion out there that I can fully put my faith into. The very idea of having to rely on faith and not logic really deters me from having any religions affinity!

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Well...actually Buddhism in its ultimate form isn't faith based.... It's actually logic based and somewhat agnostic as no creator being is posited as such.
But I understand what you are both saying...even in Buddhism there is a tendency to deify the Buddha in some places even though he himself strongly discouraged it.
I could give an example of such logic but don't want to be overly rude by going on too long ( since I am interrupting already :)

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You have a point there. Religions have a tendency to be rigid and closed-minded. I know of a person who preached that true religion is tending to the poor and the widows.

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There is Virgin Mary's house nearby Ephesus.

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OK, interesting, how do they know? Have a wonderful day! Where are you from?

Wow. Really gorgeous!

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thanks!

Welcome to the continent of Europe. I have been there for 5 years, it is amazing.
欢迎来到欧洲大陆。我在那里待过五年,非常不错。

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哈哈,谢谢,我也很喜欢欧洲呢,有很多不同的历史文化可以了解:)

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欢迎欢迎你来,也感谢你点赞我的文章。也希望你用你的SP为CN区的发展添砖加瓦,鼓励新人,鼓励创作。

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不客气,也谢谢你的支持,我们要一起努力;是时候认识一下cn的新人们,一直听说你弄了个微信群,之前旅游时候太忙没加上,可以帮我拉进去吗:)

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我求之不得,大家都十分喜欢想念你,一直都不知道你愿不愿意加进入,也没有你的私人联系方式。你这样,发个邮件给我 i@tumuta.com ,告诉我你的微信号,我加你,再拉你进去。我不方便将我的私人微信号公布在这里。见谅。不能单打独斗了,欢迎你支持大家,我们也会支持你。相信这也是 @ned 的愿景。

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我太高兴可以加入了,已经发到你邮箱啦^^

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我们也高兴,欢迎。

I only come to see your post for see the lovely lady :D

Very beautiful picture.
I noticed you started to visit the Islamic area.
I would like to ask, what attracts you to visit an Islamic / Muslim-majority area?
Because maybe I can suggest you to visit my area.
Because my area is the majority of Muslims.
And may also be said to be a very tolerant area of ​​religion.
Maybe my suggestion could be an input for you to consider.
But for sure I always like every post you.
Thanks for you..

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Yes, it does happen to be a largely Islamic country but these ancient cities were largely Christian. Nevertheless, I like to visit places regardless of their religion, as long as it's welcoming (and mostly safe)!

As always really interesting blog. It feels good to read your blog, whenever I read your travelling blog it feels like I am travelling with you. Really enjoyed a lot .
Hope you post more .

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thank you raku, I will do my best to keep posting interesting content, stay tuned :)

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Ya I sure will looking forward to your stories .
And I followed you, can you please follow me back .
Thank you

Touring the world, i wish to experience that feeling someday. Africa also have amazing and beautiful tourist sites you would like. I bet you will be left in awe if you ever visit here @sweetsssj, you have got a detailed post by the way

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thanks dgtoons, i've been hearing lots of lovely stories of Africa which I need to check out with my own eyes and experience it myself one day. Thanks for reminding me!

Great shots as usual.

"I do wonder whether the cats around here could trace their family tree all the way back to the ancient times."

Cats are notoriously poor lineage catalogers.

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Thanks! I guess they can be quite promiscuous at times..

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They also have no respect for the written word.

City of Ephesus

This is one of the great city which has a letter written by Paul to the Christian community gathering in the 1st century after Jesus the Christ has been risen to heaven. History is in support of the importance fact of the Bible.

Paul wrote six chapters to the Christian community. The first three chapter inform us of what Jesus the Christ has done for us and the last three chapters inform us what a follower of this Jesus should do.

If you want to live a happy and conquering life, follow what I just offered

extraordinary...
A beautiful post.
I see the picture is so stunning.
Someday I will come to visit the place.
But there is something I want to ask.
How does the community welcome in the area to visitors from outside?
Because I had a bad experience while I was vacationing in an area in europe region.
Maybe you want to help me explain a little bit about how the people of that region respond.
Thank you for your post.

hi @sweetsssj..!!A very useful post for all steemit users around the world, hoping those who read it can post every piece of their writing beautifully by using such a good basic procedure, organized and nice to read, how not to. Using the clues you share can give birth to works that look very unusual.
Continue to work @rauzah good luck continued and many gave birth to the benefits for many people

Those architects were amazing. Had it not been for wars they would still be, proudly standing tall.

Great job on documenting that site! And nice choice on picking a bright coral/red dress. Made you "Pop" in each photo!

You have a talent, man. Can you set up some Steemit meetings while traveling?

Goddess Theia is happy to see you here, it made her nostalgic :)

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Aha, theia has arrived! :)

Great post again @sweetsssj thank you for sharing! I was unable to visit Ephesus when I was in Turkey so it is awesome to be able to see it from your point of view! We were only in Turkey for a few short hours but it was an amazing place and im glad you traveled and shared this with us!

Sincerely,
@joeparys

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thank you joe, hopefully you got a fairly good idea of what to expect if/when you decide to visit for yourself. There are still quite a lot that I didn't cover - a single post couldn't cover the entire scope obviously, but that's an opportunity for you to fill the gaps in with your own blogs later!

Plane ticket from İstanbul to İzmir starts from 12$. Try Pegasus or Sunexpress next time.

thy kazıklamış herhalde bunu

Istanbul looks like a really nice city, and that cat in your picture is adorable!
Hope you had lots of fun :)
Thanks for posting.

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thanks my dear, this is actually not in Istanbul, it's part of the Izmir province

nice to see another of your travel!
May i ask you wich device you use for take your photos? thanks!

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thanks! I use the Sony A9 !

my steemit girl

My imagination is running amok from this post! I can't help but wondering what living in Ephesus must have been like. It is such a beautiful place, even today.

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Yes, let that imagination run wild! It helps to stand in the middle of all the fallen structures as it helps give you perspective and scale on what it originally would have been like. I imagine things were a whole lot more colourful than what it is today..

Nice

Wow. The perfect mix of fascinating history, beautiful design and landscape, and the cuteness of @sweetsssj. Well done.

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thank you steemdoge you have a way with words I must say!

stunning !! 💖

Hello! You are as always on top! I like your videos! Beautiful and talented! with love

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thank you andrianna! You're always so kind, very happy to see you! :)

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Beautifull

Right now am confused. All the place look awesome. I will surely pay one of those places visit some day. You look awesome. Keep on the good work. Am your big time fan.

The Terrace Houses is so cute.

I just resteem and upvote.

Thanks sharing this amazing places with us.

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@sweetsssj

U can check on my post and upvote plus resteem for me.

https://steemit.com/introducing/@tfame3865/life-with-steemit

Really enjoyed all your post

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I was really happy to visit the terrace houses actually, because it's actually the only place in the whole site to be in the shade.. but you're right, it's amazing inside and still has so much detail! They've done a great job excavating it carefully..

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But we planned this trip together. Why did you go alone. Am sad lol. U better bring my gift. Such a nice place to be
@sweetsssj

U can check on my post and upvote plus resteem for me. That is the price you will pay me for leaving me behind while you enjoy the tour alone. Lol

https://steemit.com/introducing/@tfame3865/life-with-steemit

Really enjoyed all your post

Excellent choice of dress color. The color was complimentary with the light color backdrop of the rocks. Sorry to hear about the heat stroke problem. A parasol would have added even more elegance and would have protected you from the midday heat. Hopefully lesson learned, huh? As usual, great article and pictures.

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thank you celsius100, I really did take the heat for granted. I'm usually quite resistant to the Sun, but not when it's mid 40 degrees!

Awesome post, looks beautiful!

I used to flag your posts but as I looked into them they're very inspiring and have given me great ideas for my future travels, keep it up!

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thanks chrone, i'm really happy to hear you've found my posts to be useful and valuable to you. I really appreciate the new found support :)

Nice post!

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thanks

Beautiful temple !!!

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indeed !!

I guess some of those steem-people commenting here fell in love with you...

i like a picture of the cat <3

Upvote. Resteem. Thank you, I want to move back to Europe when I see this monumental work of humans who had a "Mission". I love it when people have goals and a system to get there. That is exactly what the builders had in mind.

Sweetsssj, this most interesting post is really the cherry on all your great posts. Thank you so much for the monumental display of historic architecture and cultural events. Absolutely fascinating are the many pictures of pillars, walls, floors, paintings, sculptures and your good self portraits inbetween.

Your dress shows again the style you prefer, with your shoulders free and non-traditional cut-line at the bottom. Your thorax and legs always perfectly in line, I am always looking for an expression in your face. I found it. "HEAT". "HOT". And no wind to cool you down at that point. Here it is:

What a magnificent trip back in time @sweetsssj!
I hope you recovered quickly from that heat stroke 😓, that's not something to take lightly, especially when traveling.
Wonderful photos, looked pretty tiring, but rewarding at the same time 😀

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thank you sandstorm, i'm all okay from the heat-stroke now, it was just a very mild one, probably partly due to dehydration! It ended up being very rewarding indeed!

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That's good to hear. The sense of awe being in such a place can be so inspiring, and your post proves that, nice video at the end too, feels like we're there with you 😀

You're quite an inspiration @sweetsssj for new Steemit users but also for people who want that kind of lifestyle. You do an amazing work, kind regards :)

wow just noticed that the cat in your post looks like my cat Klamsy haha. Hope you are well and will soon post. I miss your post.
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amazing place, very perfect view if you wear queen dress in this place, Great Photograph @sweetsssj

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thank you jamhuery!

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Welcome My senior travel @sweetsssj

thats beautiful photography and you look like went to some old places which was forgotten in these days.. that structure and field is really nice and old type like king times where they lived. thanks for sharing..

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thank you, and you're welcome too. I'm not sure this city could ever be forgotten, it has very significant history through many civilisations!

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i want to say that this place is really nice and this kind architecture not get see more..

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Turkey is actually a place with lots of this kind of ancient cities, I will be sharing another one in a post a bit later! :)

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wow thats nice and i am so excited for your next post..

wow the red dress looks great on you..very beautiful indeed. How do you cope with the heat? hope you drink a lot of water ...the location is great and lost of wow effects, upped. More success.
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thank you charles1, I thought I would be better equipped to deal with heat after spending all that time in Bahamas, but it appears direct sunlight is my weakness! This is one of the problems and probably a good thing about Ephesus is that other than at the entrances, there are no stalls set up anywhere for Water so you pretty much need to bring a lot of it with you when you first enter to last for the visit!

I will check it out thanks! :)

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Absolutely, I noticed it in your pic that the sun is attacking you however you tried your best to be professional and the cap looks great on you. Dont you think that white dress will help against the sun? hope you have good sun creams and pls never forget your water haha...keep it up and more blessings.

wow...@sweetsssj
ephesus is truly an ancient city with lots of ruins and your narratives portrayed the site and city beautifully... thanks for sharing this... although the response came late but your posts always draw me to it....great work dear...

You always do such great work, telling a story that draws us in and makes us want to travel with you

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thank you johnnyray, Ephesus makes for an interesting location to tell a story, especially with such a rich history as it is. I think it's a must visit for anyone thinking of going to Turkey

nice, it took Europeans a few centuries to get back to that level of civillisation

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Yes, I can imagine they were ahead of their time

This is nice
I finally know about the celsus library. Did'nt
Know it was at ephesus thanks for sharing☺

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You're welcome valency1! :)

Beauty in Red , Looking Mind Blowing. Just Can't Take my Eyes off from you . Best Look of you so far. Amazing Place , You really added a great Beauty to this amazing Historical Place. Thanks for this Wonderful Post. Nice Hat too . No Wonder You Can Find Cats Everywhere or may be Cats Follow you, Crazy Cat Lady ☺

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aww thanks vikbuddy, I do wonder how you're always so diligent with replying so fast to each of my posts, that's truly remarkable!

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You are a Expert when it comes to Travel or Food Blogs. But I found Your old Posts Very Amazing. You had written on Relationships, Marriage, Culture , Fashion , Modelling and You even reviewed a Movie. I really liked the way you started here and trust me you are amazing writer . Why you stopped writing such posts ?

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Thank you vikbuddy, I think I will come back to those topics in the near future, during the summer months I tend to take vacations more often and then during the colder winter months I hunker down and write other things..

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Interesting.... Have a great day!!!

Great architecture!!

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indeed! Absolutely beautiful!

Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for.Trip to an Ancient place.This is so great I think others could benefit from learning about it...
Looking Beautiful😘

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thank you funnystuff, it was surely a history lesson for me that's for sure!

I have always wanted to travel to turkey, but never got around to doing it. Thanks so much !! beautiful pictures !

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you're welcome azaankhan! :)

hi there again @sweetsssj, nice scenic views you've got. seems like ancient Rome and Greece. unbelievable, the remnants of the city are still preserved by the people and making it a hot tourist spot.

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hey gabriellasam, yes it's actually a mixture of both, as each empire controlled the city at some point in it's long history

Nice picture @sweetsssj

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thank you bolang! :)

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U are welcome.
I love you

Steemit cards, great idea. I have heard a lot of good things about Turkey. Would like to check it out one day. One of my good friends on my MBA programme in Germany was from there.

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I'm sure you will have a terrific time when you do visit. Hopefully you'll have plenty of ideas after seeing my posts, (and the future ones to come!)

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Yeah maybe. I like to travel. I recently joined this VIP travel club where you pay around 40 USD a month and then you get huge discounts.

So I feel like I should travel more to make it worth it. I actually stopped my subscription because 40 USD is actually a lot of money! Where are you based?

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I see.. well I guess that kind of sounds like the gym, we always sign up and pay a dear amount of money to want to go, but end up passing on it most of the time..

I'm in China!

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Yeah that is true. I used to have this special membership as part of my health insurance. I got a better rate but then I had to go at least twice a month. So what I did was I just went in, had a chocolate milkshake inside, and then left. Twice a month.

Where in China? I met someone from Taiwan yesterday. Apparently they speak Mandarin there too.

As always a quality post 😉

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thank you crypto-expo!

Such a beautiful place! Wow! Thank you for sharing!

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Cheers!

But we planned this trip together. Why did you go alone. Am sad lol. U better bring my gift. Such a nice place to be
@sweetsssj

U can check on my post and upvote plus resteem for me. That is the price you will pay me for leaving me behind while you enjoy the tour alone. Lol

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you can come to our NEPAL, your countrie's neighbourhood. we have plenty of World Heritgeses and Thousands of Years old Ancient Cities"

P.S: you looks damn gorgeous. Hope to see u soon in nepal. Blogging abt Nepal on ur Steemit.com

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thank you my dear, I've actually been to Nepal once already, but it's such a beautiful place I will of course return! :)

Always pretty

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thank you mcsamm!

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You are always welcome darling

I am vary much thankful for sharing your travel blog @sweetssj. Photographs are beautiful. From the remains of the ancient city of Ephesus one can imagine how much beautiful was the city.

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yes you are absolutely correct! Thank you so much! :)

Another breathtaking journey in the City of Ephesus!
Again, with the vivacious and bubbly @sweetsssj! @u@

How awesome it is to know that they have done a great job preserving such a historical part of the earth. (FYI: that place is an integral part of the Bible, as the apostle Paul has written a letter to people of Ephesus, known as "The Book of Ephesians." :)

You brought life to the ruins with that lovely orange (is that orange btw? xD) flowly dress! How i wish i was there to join you. So much cultural heritage there & to just feel being a part of history is on the top of my bucket list. ;)

Keep on sharing your exciting travels & wonderful travels to us! Keeping it real as always! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

(seems that i found out your fb page, if that's your legit and real account, kindly do accept my request, you know my name.. (~‾▿‾)~)

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Thank you yukimaru, you have some pretty good knowledge of the place already! I thought my dress is more red than orange, am I colour blind? haha! I did enjoy the historical setting very much, it's totally immersive experience like travelling back in time..

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I think i'm the colorblind one. :D
Yes a bit, i have studied some places there; but to visit the place would be a dream come true!

And then i see the sleeping cat.... OMGGGGGGGG ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ
Cuddle that cat!!! <3 <3 <3

Great post.the GIF was amazing

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thank you! :)

what a great post! very informative and the pictures are amazing! great job - love it :)

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thank you nutschiii 😊

This is my first time to visit this site.
Very nice story, I like here.

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thank you calvinzou, appreciated very much :)

i am so much in love with your writing @sweetsssj, its really a big motivation for new steemeian friends. Please do follow me , i love to read your article and motivational trips. Upvoted 100% and Resteemed

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thank you inzeen, i'll take a look :)

beautiful scenery.
Where the place is. I want to visit ...

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Do visit soon!

Red dress always works in pictures. whoever takes the pictures for you know his stuff.

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thank you john-gpr! My friend Tania who I travel with took the pictures, there's some pictures of us in my first post on Turkey!

Amazing post, amazing sights to see ! Love ancient history and would love to live the day I am able to travel to Ephesus. And you're gorgeous by the way !

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thank you raclariu! :)

What an awesome post, it was really nice to go on a journey with you. I've never heard of Celkuk, and reading your post made me realise that I know very little about Turkey full stop.

I went to Istanbul a few years ago on a business trip, and I was pretty sad that the trip only lasted 4 days and just one of those days could be used for sightseeing and exploring.

You've seriously made me want to go there, although the heat sounds scary!

By the way, your dress is beautiful and the colour of the dress, with your skin and hair, was wonderfully juxtaposed by the surrounding ruins.

Also can I ask; what did you film the start of your walkabout on; do you have a small drone or something?

Thank you so much for posting, I can't wait to read your next adventure.

Cryptogee

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Thanks cryptogee, it sounds like another visit back to Turkey is in order!!

Istanbul is such a large city with such a mix of cultures and historical heritage that even locals say it can take many years to see most of it!

I used a DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal which I've been using for all of my videos lately, it's really good for stabilisation!

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Yes definitely, and even though Istanbul was awesome (terrible airport officials though) you've made me want to check out more of the country.

Yeah I just looked up the Osmo, really nice man! It gives you a nice steady cam /drone effect really cool! :-)

Do you know where you're going next yet?

DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal

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Oh, I had some pretty bad experience with the airport officials too! I thought it was just my bad luck but maybe not?

I still have quite a few interesting places in Turkey I want to share, it's been a very spread out journey for me this time, so there's more history, culture, and beautiful landscapes (and food) to show you guys :)

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Oh, I had some pretty bad experience with the airport officials too! I thought it was just my bad luck but maybe not?

Yeah, I believe they are privately contracted, and unfortunately they are a bunch of thieves and not at all representative of the lovely Turkish people.

They tried to steal my phone, and on a separate occasion they also attempted to steal my friend's bank card. :-(

What did they do to you?

Cryptogee

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Oh gosh.. let me sum it up in a Miss. Opinionated post sometime later, it's quite a complicated story, and not the only one either!

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Wow, sounds as mad as my friend's, his ordeal lasted about 2 hours, and ended with him catching a security guard trying to throw away his bank card!

Anyways I look forward to more happy times posts :-)

Cryptogee

very nice pic my friend😊😊

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thank you beautypics! :)

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Your welcome my friend😉😉
I would be happy if you like to follow me and give your opinion about my posts.
Thanks.

For a great historical city like this , everythings seems to be there with a meaning. Thank u for spreading the spirit of steemit to the rest of the world.

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you're welcome, and thank you :)

dang! living that adventure life again! luck :P, nice hat by the way ;) upvoted-

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thank you maninjapan1989! :)

nice, i like it the your post thanks

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thank you for spending the time to read it! :)

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Envy you. Great pics as usual

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thank you my dear :)

Hey @sweetsssj you are still in Turkey........... In Turkey you are going to become Archaeologist ....... Great journey with fantastic photographs for us.....

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thanks nazirkhyber! :)

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welcome sweetsssj ...........

Very beautiful and interesting post. You look great! :)

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thank you shushan1986 :)

Ephesus seems like a beautiful, historical place.
And the color of your dress really stands out in photos, love it! :)

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thank you! I'm really liking the colour red recently, it's kind of a coincidence that it's also the colour of the Turkish flag!

Oh wow! Your posts, photos and adventures are amazing! If your photographer ever needs to be at home for some time, I will gladly come and fulfill his role sometime :)

Just kidding, seeing those photos, I am definitely going to Ephesus someday. I've visited Athens and Corinth in Greece, but seeing this made Ephesus bump to number 1 on my list!

Thank you so much for sharing your adventures!

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thank you fitzgibbon, i'm really happy this has inspired you to visit! I look forward to seeing your blogs on it when you do!

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