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Today we went to Ephesus. For those of you that don’t know what Ephesus is, here is an explanation (I won't make you look it up this time). Ephesus is a city from early b.c to the early a.d. It is considered to be one of the best sites for ancient ruins. I certainly think so. Ephesus was the New York of ancient times. The city is giant and 80% unexcavated. What they have excavated is the biggest ancient theatre in the whole world. It held 24,000 people. Another quick fact I’d think you'd like to know (it is really your choice if you want to read it or not) is that in Ephesus, you have the unique experience of being able to do anything you want (with a few exceptions). You can touch any ruins. Now lets go back to the story.
We end up waiting in line for thirty minutes because of a tour bus that got to Ephesus before us (dang tourists). We mostly stand around and examine the ruins that lay before us. My Dad finally comes out of the line to give us our tickets (hallelujah). My Mom ends up hiring a guide so that we can get all of the information. The guide is a really old man who speaks good English. He gives a really long introduction. Arella and I play with a coin. After our guide finishes, we get on our way. I think the best part about the ruins is jumping around on them. It’s like a giant jungle gym. "No more play grounds, just visit Ephesus" should be their new advertisement. We come upon the antique toilets. It’s a big place where it has toilets all along the sides. It was pretty funny. My Dad made a constipated face in the pictures. Next we visit the temple of Emperor Hadrian (my namesake). My mom takes pictures of me inside the temple. I try to make my my "I'm a super badass emperor" face. I don't think it worked out. All of us kids end up playing around. We set off again. This time we go to the library. It is a big structure that is pretty intact. It looks so cool from the outside that you'd think it would be the jousting arena; but no, it is the library. I thought it was the coolest thing in Ephesus (besides my temple). I was wrong. Next, we went to the Grand Theatre (the biggest ancient theatre in the world, need I say more). It is humongous! Us three kids immediately start climbing up the stairs. Rae and Po stop in a lower part but I keep going. I reach the top. The view is magnificent (fit for the emperor I am). I stay up there for most of the time. Our tour is over. Our guide leaves. We have a picnic up on the top of the theatre. Next we have something of our own to do. We go to the place that you have to pay extra to get into the special houses. I walk up on to the walkway. I see that it really is amazing. There are beautiful mosaics that are colorful and well preserved. There are even some paintings. The marble looks beautiful. I can't really describe it that well, so look at it in the pictures (it is your choice, though you will be missing out if you don't look, so just look, o.k). This is all for now. See ya!


Posted by DA Bean 22:03 Archived in Turkey Tagged tourist_sites

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So glad you had fun- I think it is the neatest place to see the ruins. Did you notice they had a synagogue there- I think it was right near the library. I thought the houses were amazing too. So from now on we have the bow down to the the Emperor Adrian! You Rule!

by kathlin

Dear Emperor Adrian! What a great teacher you would make! I loved hearing your interpretation of it all! I bet the reason everyone wore long flowing robes was so they could sit on the toilets & be covered up! Old world privacy! Makes present-day bathrooms seem like a luxury!
Keep those blogs coming!

by barb ackerman

Adri-another great blog entry. Your writing is super. You captured the scene, made me laugh and taught me lots of history. Quick, get dad some Milk of Magnesia!

by Nana

a nice little sit down area.

by Phil D

Hi Adrian. I'm so glad you're all having such an incredible experience on your journeys. I think of you all often. Love and hugs to everyone.


by JoAnn

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