Saturday was spent touring some of the famous ancient ruins that Turkey is famous for. The bus left from Izmir at 8 am en-route to Ephesus, which was an hour drive to the south. Ephesus hosts an amazing collection of Greek and Roman ruins that are very well preserved. Ephesus is famous for the Temple of Artemis as well as its famous library of celcus. Ephesus is one of the 7 churches mentioned in the book of revelation as well as being one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
After touring Ephesus, we moved on to the small hill top town of Şirince. The town was originally called “Cirkince” meaning ‘rather ugly,’ in an effort to remain hidden from the outside world. It was later renamed Şirince, meaning ‘pretty town’ which is a much more accurate label for the charming town. The group split into various groups taking in the old-city culture by sampling the local wines, horse-back riding, eating lunch at small, authentic restaurants and just walking around. Once the group had seen enough of the town we jumped on the bus and headed back to Izmir where we enjoyed a group dinner. Tomorrow is scheduled as an off-day where people are going to either head out to a beach, tour the market, or enjoy what else Izmir has to offer.