Our hotel was in Kusadasi and we travelled to Izmir. On the way in the morning we stopped by a nameless building which turned out to be one of those shops which I think work in close cooperation with tour agencies. We spent at least an hour there where crowds of tourists willingly got themselves ripped off buying expensive Turkish goods like tea, confectionery and spices.
Next stop was the House of the Virgin Mary.
As expected, it was crowded and we had to queue to get in. Photography was prohibited inside but there was nothing much to see other than an altar, a bunch of CCTVs watching you and a security guard. After that we continued on to the ancient city of Ephesus, also a massively crowded area filled with tourists like us.
Dohoho. On to the city proper.
Can’t remember who this is supposed to depict but the tour guide said her breasts were supposed to be huge and sailors touched them for good luck and they have worn down over years of groping.
( ﾟ∀ﾟ)彡 おっぱい!おっぱい!
Ahem. Anyway, this is the famous Library of Celsus. Now it’s just a wall overrun with tourists like us.
Our tour guide said that this might be the oldest advertisement ever, and it is for the services of a brothel.
The Roman style theatre boasted superior acoustics and is still being used for performances today. We also went by the Temple of Artemis but I missed out taking photos of it.
We were then whisked to another building in the middle of nowhere which was another of those tour-supported shops. This time they offered a fashion show of hot girls (and some guys) decked out in leather jackets and we spent a good deal of time waiting for the rich taitais in our tour group to spend thousands of US dollars on a single leather jacket which is probably a torture to wear back home. Then it was another long ride to our hotel in Pamukkale, but that will be for another day.