selcuk (ephesus)

Our trip from Ayvalik to Selcuk (via Izmir) was slightly more exciting than I though it would be.  The bus picked us up in Ayvalik, drove to the edge of town (right off a main highway) and parked on the side of the street.  Most people got all of their bags and got out of the bus.  I was terribly confused because we had driven approximately 2 miles from the middle of town to the edge of town.  Everyone was standing on the side of the highway obviously waiting for something.  Soon a larger bus came into view and everyone started picking up their bags as the bus started slowing down.  Turns out the first bus we got on was just a transfer to a bigger bus so the bigger bus didn't have to navigate its way into town (saves time).When we arrived in Izmir (a huge city), there was a lot of driving around town, dropping people off on random street corners, getting on different highways going in other directions, and confusion as to whether or not we were actually going to stop at the bus station.  We did.  From the bus station in Izmir, it was easy to find the bus we needed to Selcuk. We got to Selcuk much later than we had originally planned, so we dropped our stuff off at the hotel and went out to see things in town. St. John's Basilica

The Mosque of Jesus

The Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

That evening we had a homecooked meal on the rooftop terrace and then had tea with the owner of the hotel.  He was a very nice man who ran the hotel with the help of his nephew and his wife and their daughter (the wife is the one who cooked dinner).  We even got to meet his puppy Alice!

The next day we headed to Ephesus after a delicious breakfast on the rooftop.  The hotel had a free shuttle (it was only about 3km from where we were staying) that dropped us off around 8:45.  I don't have much to actually say about Ephesus other than it was amazing.  I will let the photos speak for themselves.

After wandering around in the ruins all morning, we had a bit of time to kill before our 4pm bus to Bodrum.  So, we headed to the Ephesus museum - where they took all the cool stuff from Ephesus and surrounding areas.

The most memorable thing was the statue of Artemis from the Temple of Artemis