Our next stop was Izmir and on to Kusadasi. This port city is fabulous and the destination for many people who want a seaside escape, especially in the summer. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of apartments, condos, and houses built for those folks. And, they come from all over Europe, not just from Turkey. The hillsides are filled with them.
Our hotel was right on the water. We saw the first cruise ship in two years there. It was a smaller, Russian ship, although we didn’t see the tourists disembark. At the end of the day, the ship said goodbye, and off they went to another stop.
There is an area close to our hotel we were told to check out. It is a plaza filled with tables from a plethora of restaurants, all serving mainly fish. You can go to the restaurant, or the market adjacent to the plaza, pick out the freshly caught fish you want and they cook it right there. You can’t believe the variety. There was a stage set up with a band doing a soundcheck for a later performance. They were amazing, even though they were not performing at that time.
We had our new favorite beer, Efes, and some extra crispy fries to relax before we were ready for dinner.
As I have mentioned before, Ephesus is an ancient city, built during the first century AD and once upon a time hosted 250,000 citizens. With its library, the third-largest in the ancient world, and its Roman theater that was the largest in Asia at the time, it is well preserved and definitely worth a visit.
There were three baths in Ephesus. One was very hot, heated by hot water under the marble. You then moved to a more tepid bath, followed by a cold bath.
Details on arches
There is evidence that there was a Jewish presence in the ancient world. It is difficult to see but there is a menorah, a seven-armed candelabra carved into the library’s stairs.
Ephesus menorah plaque
The toilets in Ephesus are worth noting. They are unisex, with men and women sitting side by side. The waste goes down into a trench (not easily visible in the bottom left corner) that whisks it away to minimize odor and an unsavory view.