Tried to stay asleep for as long as possible but was awake after only a few hours of sleep. Tried to cover my eyes and block out the light but was no good. I was awake. Got up for breakfast before heading out to walk around the town. It is a nice touristy town with some nice shops. The shop keeper all seem to call themselves Mr very good price. I am still at times throwing out that I am from Antarctica. Everyone in the shops always wants to know where are you from. When you say Australia they then launch into how they have a second cousin that visited there once. Get a little bit sick of that so just say I am from Antarctica and they are a bit confused by that and then leave you alone. Headed back to the hotel for a quick rest before meeting at 1am to head to the ancient roman city of Ephesus. Was a short drive but the day was again hot and the site takes a few hours to walk through with very little shade.
The ruins at this site are very impressive and only a small percentage of them have been excavated and slight restoration works have taken place. One of the first large structures we came to was the Bouleuterion, which is a large auditorium used for meetings and performances. We then continued walking along past the columns that once housed a market. It is interesting to think about what it would have been like walking around in your leather sandals as a roman visiting the market and the temples. The walkways and path are large stones buried into the ground and were slippery, the romans must had good footing so as not slip over whenever it rained. We were also able to look at the large stone arches that formed the foundation for the temple. There were still carved statues of various gods and ancient writing in the rocks. The most impressive building on the site was the library entrance. It was a double storey entrance beautifully carved and decorated. The library once contained hundreds of scrolls. We stopped at the large ampithreater. This was a massive structure. It had great sound carry abilities.
We left the site and visited a leather shop. They sold beautiful jackets and also Chanel and Prada bags. They were so nice... This factory makes the bag for these labels using the soft lambs leather. Was so tempting to buy a bag... But I resisted... Just
We then visited a Turkish food speciality shop. Again had to try and show some self control and not eat / buy too much lokum or halva. They also had olive oil, spices and teas.
Back at the hotel we headed out to dinner. Ate next to the ocean on a restaurant deck. Was tasty food with a nice setting ( sunset as the boats returned to harbour) and the company wasn't too bad.
Walked back to the hotel via the beach. I am enjoying staying at places so close to the water. I never thought of myself as a water person but I am really enjoying walking along the beach and watching the ocean or rivers. It is peaceful and relaxing and every changing.