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Ephesus, Sirince Village, & Kusadasi, TurkeyAuthor: PenelopeCorelli (More Trip Reviews by PenelopeCorelli)
Date of Trip: July 2009
As we still had time, we drove to St. John's Basilica in Selçuk, where John is buried. This was not part of original paid tour, so we paid 5€ entrance fee for the two of us. The baptistry at the Basilica is in the shape of a cross with steps leading down. John's tomb is marked with a plaque. This church is located in a very pretty area, and it was not at all crowded when we were there, which was nice. We were almost the only ones there, until a tour group showed up a while later. Made for better photos, also.
We then ended the tour with a trip to Ephesus ceramic factory. Eylem asked if we'd rather see ceramics or leather, and we chose ceramics, since I love that stuff, and was a ceramic hobbyist/addict years ago. They have a beautiful showroom. We saw an artist making a sugar bowl and lid. It's amazing to me how someone can use a pottery wheel to make a bowl, and then make a lid that fits exactly on the bowl. (I never did any of that stuff. Just cleaned & painted greenware that came from molds.) I oohed & aahed my way around the shop. I found a beautiful teacup & saucer that I bought for 40L (credit card). It was a perfect reminder of my memorable tour and our wonderful anniversary in Ephesus. It was so hard to just pick one! (Aside: We used mostly euros for cash in the shops, having used our Turkish lire in Istanbul. Could have, but never used an ATM except for our last day in Europe, when we needed to.) Aside: The factory tours are such a snapshot of Turkish culture and are so important to them! The Turkish people love to show their crafts and skills, and are rightly proud of their accomplishments. I enjoyed these forays into their world, even though we didn't spend much.
We finally headed back to the ship. We enjoyed our day immensely. Our most memorable day of the trip!. Eylem is a sweet guy who absolutely loves being a tour guide. I still chat with him now and then on Facebook. We did some walking today, about 4.5 miles. We spent $180 for our 7 hour tour, plus $30 &10€ in tips for guide and driver.
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