18.08.2011 - 18.08.2011 40 °C
Left Izmir at about 10.50 am with some confused directions from the reception staff about buying a card to get through the toll ways on the autobarn. We couldn't find the place, so when we saw the toll gate approaching, we left the autobarn and ended up in a small town. We asked the police about the toll etc and they said you could pay cash at it. What would they know!!
We headed off again and came to the toll gates and of course, there was no one there to take our money. So Phil got out of the car and went to have a look and a lovely Turkish man told us to drive through and he would swipe his card for us. How nice.
Eventually we turned off the autobarn to go to Kusadaci and came to another toll way. This time there was a man in there and we purchased a card to swipe at future toll gates. Hurrah!!
We drove along the coast; very hilly and windy, but very picturesque and very hot.
Finally got to Ephepeus (Efes) and went to see the ruins of Artemis' Temple which was one of the wonders of the world. It is over 2 1/2 thousand years old and excavation of an entire city is underway. It was so hot, I thought I would die. I have never been so hot in my life. It must have been 45 degrees plus!! The ruins were quite amazing and we stayed a couple of hours, walking and walking.
Drove to Kusadaci and found our hotel - a 17th century castle down near the harbour. It has a courtyard where we have breakfast and on the second floor all the rooms open on to a lovely wide verandah. It is very atmospheric.
Two huge ocean liners are in port, so the bazaars are full of yanks and pommies and all the prices are in Euros, not Turkish Lira.
The huge one was called Navigator of the Sea. I bought a turquoise braclet to go with my ring from Istanbul.
The heat at Efes made us sick so after a late snack for lunch we came back to our cool room and had a rest, then got dressed and went down to the port for dinner.
Sat in the open air, right on the water - just lovely.
I ordered a lemonade and they brought me a squash! I ordered stuffed vine leaves for entree and they didn't have any left. I ordered lamb chops for main and they didn't have any either!! Our hotel is having a turkish dance and music night in the courtyard tonight and we watched a bit of it when we came back from dinner. Lots of tourist busses here. We are now in bed and it is still going at 10.45 pm. It is so loud, we can't hear ourselves think. I hope it stops soon.
12 midnight - it stopped!!