One of the reasons why we picked Turkey as one of the countries on our itinerary was the fact that it has such a rich and long history. Wayne and I both have wanted to see classical ruins for a long time, and then we realized, duh, there are plenty of classical ruins to visit in Turkey! It’s super close to Greece and was part of the Roman empire.
After we ended up at Değirmen farm, we discovered that we weren’t far from Ephesus (Efes in Turkish – also the name of Turkish beer!). It was the second largest city after Rome during the Roman empire and was an important trading port. It had an enormous amphitheater, a network of aqueducts, large public baths and a beautiful library. After a few centuries though the city fell from prominence because the river gradually silted up the harbor and it became unusable. The history of Ephesus and the amount of remains that have been dug up/restored seemed quite impressive, so Wayne and I put on our tourist hats and joined the crowd.
Us in front of the library. Notice the amount of clothing I was wearing. Yes, that much clothing will keep you cooler in the heat. Wearing short shorts and a tank top will only help you get completely burnt.
We spent about half the day there, I would have liked to have stayed longer to sketch a bit but the sun was just too brutal. Definitely bring a lot of water, a hat and sunscreen. If you can find a good reputable guide it would be worth the cost, but from the bits and pieces we heard from English-speaking guides they seem few and far between. In addition, taking a dolmuş from Selçuk to Ephesus is quite easy and costs only 3 lira one way per person, just ask at the main bus station.