The road to Ephesus

The amphitheatre at Ancient Hieropolis above Pamukkale.

The amphitheatre at Ancient Hieropolis above Pamukkale.

In this chapter of our Turkish adventure we briefly visited Pamukkale for a 12 hours speed visit before continuing on to Selcuk. We had a fair amount of distance to cover in a short time after getting off the ferry in Marmaris; a bus and taxi getting us to our accommodation late at night in Pamukkale, plus a mini-bus to Selcuk the next day to look forward to. It was this bus between Marmaris and Denizli that I had nightmare motion sickness, as Tom so kindly pointed out to me while proofreading this post. I don’t think he will ever let me forget that journey, especially as Claire one of our travelling companions, had to mime needing a sick bag to the young bus host (poor guy), he didn’t speak much English and looked mortified as he thrust about 10 sick bags in my direction. Luckily buses an are easy and convenient method of travelling in Turkey (unless you forget to take your travel sick pills), we had no issues with heat, overcrowding or security of our belongings. A few had screens in the back of each seat for entertainment, all the buses we took had WiFi and from memory cost us about $30 Lira at most.

The towering library facade at Ephesus

The towering library facade at Ephesus

Continue reading

Advertisements

Captivating Cappadocia – Turkey

Here’s a post on Cappadocia which I have had in draft for months and months. This morning I was looking through our photos from last year when we were travelling in Turkey and remembering how fantastic it is there so I thought now is the time to get that post finished! I highly recommend visiting Goreme.

After an early morning wake-up, a speedy taxi ride, a flight to Kayseri and a (cheap) hire car promptly named Happy, we were on our way to the magical region of Cappadocia. We arrived in Goreme to hail, yes it was Autumn but none of us expected hail, luckily we were prepared Kiwi and had our thermals and merino clothing packed and ready, but the weather only improved from then.

Hot Air Ballooning. A must do if you visit Cappadocia!

Continue reading

Turkey – Istanbul: Part one

Turkey was our first adventure together. Originally we had planned to explore South East Asia but I’m so glad we changed our mind to meet friends/family in Istanbul. The first experience was the taxi to our hostel, driving is Turkey is MAD; no apparent speed limit and making lanes in the verge is common practise from what we could gather.

A quick reunion with the people we were meeting up with, a change of clothes and it was time for our first trip out in Istanbul.

Day one started with a very rainy walk to the Metro line and consisted of exploring Sultanahmet, the old part of Istanbul. We visited the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica Cistern before wandering our way back down to the Bosporus and heading to the hostel.

Continue reading