As soon as we got to Pumakkale we ran into Jess and Josh who we had met on the sailing trip. They gave us some tips on what to do in Pumakkale. Due to having a lot of time on our hands due to a shopping ban we invested in a trip to Egypt! I asked Elyse where she would like to go... Egypt was on the list, so off we go!
If we were to recommend Pumakkale to anyone, we would suggest doing a day tour there. The town itself is not very big and the is not a huge variety of things to do once you have visited the travertines. It was an incredible thing to see and we are glad we went there.
We stayed a few kilometres out of Selcuk so we decided to walk to Ephesus (ancient city). We walked through farms and found ourselves walking on the side of a narrow, steep road whilst there were buses coming in each direction! We weren't too sure if we were going the right way as we spent a lot of time chatting and not taking notice of where we were going. Thank goodness we got there in the end and we were lucky that the rain was holding out.
As we first walked into Ephesus we weren't overly impressed but as we kept walking through the ruins, we saw more and more and it became bigger and bigger! It was quite mind boggling to walk through the terrace houses and imagine what it was like to live there thousands of years ago. We spent about half an hour sitting on the steps in the amphitheater. It was huge!!! There were people singing individually and in choirs at the bottom. The sound of their voices came straight up to us at the top of the amphitheater and went straight through me. It was a beautiful experience. Again, here we tried to imagine what the amphitheater was used for all of those thousands of years ago.
We had run into a few friends from our sailing trip over the previous days and decided to all meet up and go to a wine village, Sirince. After lunch we caught a mini bus to the quaint village and tried all sorts of wines. My favourite would have been one of the berry wines.
Our last night in Turkey was spent in Bodrum. We spent the afternoon in a restaurant where the waves were lapping up on my feet. One again, shopping was on our list of things to do. We didn't find Bodrum all that interesting and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It was pretty, and there were a lot of bars and restaurants.... I guess it just wasn't the best place we visited whilst in Turkey.
Kos was our first Greek Island. We were over excited about getting to the Greek Islands but unfortunately Kos didn't live up to our expectations. I think this may have been because it was a bit cold and windy. It was also out of season when we visited so there weren't many people around. It would be an incredible place to visit in the middle of summer though.
Our next stop was Rhodes. We loved it there and spent our days exploring the island, catching up on washing and admin, shopping and eating out. What else is there really to do apart from explore, relax, drink cocktails, eat out and shop?? I am not complaining at all! A highlight for me was going to a town called Lindos. Here we relaxed on the beach and went to an acropolis that had the most spectacular view. Another highlight was eating out at the oldest fish taverna on the island. The lowlight was definitely after we ate though.... We over indulged and both felt very ill afterwards. We had stuffed calamari, BBQ octopus, dips, seafood risotto, wine & raki. Looking back on the dinner we could have just shared the risotto!
During the days we lost ourselves in the shops in the largest inhabited old town in Europe. We enjoyed our snack and drink times where we would sit and people watch. We hadn't really been in the mood for drinking (and we were trying to save ourselves for when the other girls came over) but I can see that Rhodes Town would be a fun place to go out during the night. We were still not used to having a siesta at 2pm and heading out at midnight so instead we went to a beach club and had cocktails and a waffle. Yummmm!!!
Next stop.... Egypt!