Amphitheater in Ephesus

When you enter the Ephesus site from the lower entrance, the first big site that comes into view is the Amphitheater. It is so big that you have to walk a bit before you can actually enter it. It is amazing to me how little the concept of a theater or amphitheater has changed in…

Why You Should Stay in Selcuk When Visiting Ephesus

Ephesus is one of the great sites in Turkey. The pictures of the Celsius Library are world famous. I really enjoyed it, but from the crowds we saw and the buses in the parking lot, it seems mostly to be a stop on a cross country tour or a daytrip from somewhere else. The town…

Celcus Library : Living Up to the Hype

Ephesus is one of Turkey‘s grand sites. Central to it is the facade of the Celcus Library. This is the postcard image that is used across the country. For a lot of cruise visitors to Turkey along the Aegean coast, this is the only big site they might get to see of the country. So…

A Few Days in Cappadocia

Turkey is a quite varied country. It is also bigger than it seems on the map. When we started planning our honeymoon trip, we made a list of things we wanted to see and Cappadocia came to the top of both of our lists. Then we started looking at what it meant to go there.…

Green Line Tour in Cappadocia

Last year, Ali and I spent our honeymoon in Turkey. Just under two weeks across Turkey is really not much time, but it gave us a look around the country. Cappadocia was our middle stop on the trip. We were only there a few days and like the whole trip, this was not enough time…

Pigeons and Penises : Rock Formations in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a rocky region near the center of Turkey. It is a region of sweeping vistas and gorgeous scenery. Most of these scenes are due to the nature of the rock in the region. The rock of Cappadocia is very soft. It has been eroded over centuries into valleys like the Ihlara Gorge and…

Walking the Ihlara Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey

Continuing the series of looking in depth at the sights we saw on our van tour around Cappadocia. The main destination of the tour route we picked was Ihlara valley. It is a long winding gorge south-east of Goreme about an hour and our next stop after leaving Derinkuyu Underground City. The gorge is made…

Selime Monastery : Carved into a Mountain

As a part of our few days in Cappadocia, we decided to take a van tour on the green route around the region. The route heads south and visits a few places. The last thing we saw before heading back toward Goreme was the Selime Monastery. I don’t have as much info about this place…