Friday, August 3, 2007

Turkey Travelogue - Regaining Momentum

I see that it took 8 blog posts spread over 3 weeks to talk about Ephesus and Selçuk, but we were really only there for one long day. Literary critics, who like technical terms for everything, would label the 3 weeks "narrative time", the time it takes to tell the story, and the one day, "story time." The narrative time is about to speed up as we move on to sites with fewer connections to the New Testament, and as the summer--the time I have to tell the story--draws to a close.

Anyway, at the end of the
long day we made our way back to showers and shade at the Anzac Golden Bed Pension in Kuşadasi, I successfully used my 10 word Turkish vocabulary to order bread and cheese from the nearest corner store, and we planned our next move. The guidebooks and tourist brochures advertise day-long tours of Priene, Miletus and Didyma, three ancient sites along the Aegean sea to the south of Kuşadasi.

This is the standard touristy shot of Priene:
Miletus, I think, is somewhere off in the blurry horizon of this picture:
And the massive temple at Didyma:
Unfortunately, tours of Priene-Miletus-Didyma only run on Wednesdays (at least before the tourist season gets into full swing), and the only day we had available was Saturday. So we decided to try the tour by public transport, thinking that if we got an earlier enough start we could at least see two out of the three locations.

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