From Mykonos to Kusadasi


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Today we are going to Muse about our time in Mykonos, Kusadasi and Ephesus.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Mykonos

After Athens our journey took us to the Greek island of Mykonos.  We spent the afternoon in the main town which goes by the same name, Mykonos.

Mykonos  The island

Mykonos The island

The island is rocky and, the part we saw,  arid climbing out of the sea festooned with whitewashed houses.  Whitewashed buildings with blue or green trim were the norm.  For the most part Mykonos is a walking town with narrow streets and shops for tourists everywhere.  There are some cars and small trucks but they are not plentiful.

Mykonos  narrow streets

Mykonos narrow streets

Mykonos  Something for everyone

Mykonos Something for everyone

Mykonos  White washed with blue accents

Mykonos White washed with blue accents

Mykonos  Cat nap

Mykonos Cat nap

I was taken by the number of cats we saw.  They were exceptionally tame.  Tourists pass by in such a steady stream that they take no notice.  Here is one relaxed little feline.  Just one of many.

Mykonos is known for its windmills.  The ones we saw were without sails so obviously they were not in service.  I don’t know what their original function was, but they are picturesque and a focus of some interest.

Mykonos Windmills

Mykonos Windmills

Along the water’s edge downtown there are many restaurants.  As was our pattern, we enjoyed a nice afternoon over lunch before returning to our ship.

walking to lunch

walking to lunch

Kusadasi

After Mykonos the Ruby Princess headed out to Turkey.  The following day we awoke in the harbor of Kusadasi, a fairly large city and the jumping off point to travel to the ruins of Ephesus.  The town was shrouded in mist and smoke from hundreds of chimneys.  It reminded me of Los Angeles in the 60’s.

Kusadasi in the morning

Kusadasi in the morning

Ephesus

We secured a driver and headed out to Ephesus.  The ruins were remarkable.  This was a very large ancient city on the western coast of Turkey.  Saint Paul preached and lived there.  So, it is believed, did Mary.

Ephesus was built on the River Caystros .  It was an important trading center. However over time  changes in climate caused serious earthquakes and changed the route of Caystros River, Ephesus was mostly destroyed and lost its prior importance and prosperity.   Eventually the River Caystros was silted up, leaving the site far inland, too distant for the city to be viable and Ephesus was abandoned.  Nature took its toll over time in the form of earthquakes, floods, and  mud slides.  The city was essentially knocked down and buried.  A very large part of the city is still buried.  But, unlike most other ancient cities, the stones and materials which formed the city were not taken to be used in other buildings because the city had been abandoned.  Consider the Colosseum in Rome.  The church used it essentially as a quarry to provide marble and columns for new buildings, which is the reason part of the outer wall is missing.  That did not happen in Ephesus.

So as archaeologists peel away the centuries of dirt hiding the ruins they are able to reconstruct a great deal.  It is very impressive.

Most of the excavated city runs along a long central roadway.

Ephesus  Main roadway

Ephesus Main roadway

On both sides of the roadway are ruins.  Above the ruins rise hillsides that have not been excavated.

 small amphitheater

small amphitheater

Roadside ruin

Roadside ruin

Ephesus Temple of Hadrian

Ephesus Temple of Hadrian

Ephesus Ruin near public bath

Ephesus Ruin near public bath

Toilettes near public baths

Toilettes near public baths

About half way down the roadway the passage opens into a ruined square.  Archaeologists are working in that area.  Beyond is the Library of Celsus and to the right of the library the  Gate of Mazeus and Mythridates.  Beyond the gate is a very large open area that was the central market place and beyond that is a huge amphitheater.

open square off main roadway

open square off main roadway

Archeologists at work

Archaeologists at work

 looking toward the Library pf Celsus

looking toward the Library of Celsus

 Library of Celsus

Library of Celsus and the Gate of Mazeus and Mythridates

Library with sculpture

Library with sculpture

Northside of the market place

North side of the market place

Market open area

Market open area

Jeanette Listening to the story

Jeanette Listening to the story

Jeanette looking at large Amphiteater

Jeanette looking at large Amphitheater

The city spreads out over a very large area.  Parts of it are restricted because it is being excavated.  Other areas have not been touched because of lack of money.

I had not known of Ephesus before this trip.  If you have a chance to go there you should do so.  It is truly remarkable.

Oh, one last thing  — when we returned to Kusadasi in the afternoon, the smoke and haze was mostly gone.  Ta dah!

Kusadasi in the afternoon

Kusadasi in the afternoon

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