decided to forego getting off the ship at Patmos Anne and I looked
forward to our last trip ashore at Kusadasi, Turkey, the port city
for Ephesus. This would be our first foray into Turkey, and I have
to admit I wasn't all excited about that. Let's talk about perspectives
for a minute.
I left on this trip I had read and seen much on TV about Egypt.
My expectations were, admittedly, very high and I was shocked to
find the country so backward. I guess the best way to put it is
when I thought about Egypt before our trip, I wondered when thinking
about the 6-day war, "How could a country lose a war in
six days?" Having visited Egypt my perspective changed
to, "What took Israel so long!" What I found in
Egypt, the poverty, the graft, the substandard living conditions
and much more, I expected to find in Turkey, but I was pleasantly
surprised. We only visited this one tiny part of Turkey (and I can't
speak for the whole country) and it was very clean and pleasant.
We certainly didn't see the poverty that we saw every where in Egypt.
Enough said, let's talk about Ephesus.
was founded in the 3rd century B.C. and became an important Ionian
city and later the seat of the Roman governor in Asia Minor. It
is also known for its association with St. Paul who founded a church
there. The ruins today are magnificent and give one a good feeling
for life in ancient times. Of note is the mile-long marble road
built in the 5th century AD, Hadrian's Temple, a 24,000 seat theater
and public toilets. Enjoy these pictures taken of the ruins at Ephesus.