The last two nights we were in Selcuk, a town similar in size to Ayvalik (yes, I still miss Ayvalik and seem to want to compare everything to Ayvalik). Selcuk is the gateway to the Ephesus (Efes) ruins. We stayed at a great place called Atilla’s Getaway, which is run by Atilla, a Turkish-Australian gentleman who proved to be an affable, knowledgeable host. For anyone planning to go to Selcuk, we highly recommend
this lodging–there is a lovely pool, lots of outdoor communal visiting areas and the nightly fee includes both breakfast and dinner. We also met some truly excellent fellow travelers while there: Catherine from Canada, Kristof from Belgium, and Beate and Achim from Germany. We had great conversations with these people, and swapped contact info to keep in touch. There were hugs and handshakes all around when we left this morning.
Yesterday Thomas, Catherine and I walked from Atilla’s to the entry of the Efes ruins. We were three among thousands of visitors on a hot, hot, hot sunny Sunday. We walked for miles over the course of the day, with Thomas being extra tough and going up to a lookout point that Catherine and I decided to skip. The crowds of people were at times overwhelming, but it was still a very wonderful day of learning and exploring the biblical history of Efes. While all the sections of Efes were amazing, I found the Library of Celsus and the Church of St. Mary to be most awe-inspiring.
After Efes we went back into Selcuk and had lunch, then returned to Atilla’s to swim, read and relax before sitting down to dinner with all the other guests. We had some wonderful conversations about spirituality, travel, philosophy and human connection. It was a really nice way to end such a great day.
Today we are traveling by train to Pamukkale, where we will stay until Wednesday. And from there we are thinking it might be time to head to Greece. We may start the Greece leg of our trip on Kos, but are open to other suggestions from those who are move familiar with Greece than we are.
Cheers til next time, friends!