|Ship in the Bosphorus that we came really close to while heading to Kadıköy.|
I left Istanbul Sunday night on the 6:30 PM ferry to Bandırma. That ferry isn't like the ones that cross the Bosphorus. It's more like being on an airplane - with airplane styled seating, assigned seats, and screaming children. You can't go outside on the deck while the ferry is running, I guess because it's moving fast and the wind could blow you off the deck. It was jam packed, completely full. I got to Bandırma about 8:45.
The first thing I did was to go to the train station to buy a ticket to Selçuk. Unfortunately the station was closed, because there are only two trains a day out of there, and the last one was long gone. I did look at the timetable posted outside, and I saw that the next train to İzmir (where I have to go first to get to Selçuk) was at 7:00AM. So I set out looking for a place to stay. I found one, a kind of dingy but fairly clean and cheap place. Right across the street from this hotel was a mosque, which blasted me awake about 5:45AM - not long before the time I had set my alarm for.
|The Bandırma İzmir train|
I got to İzmir a little after 1PM. The train from İzmir to Selçuk leaves from a different station than the trains between İzmir and points north, so I had to get from one station to the other. I still had a bit of a wait. The train to Selçuk was packed, with people standing. That's the same train that continues to Denizli, where I am going tomorrow. I sure hope I don't have to stand for however many hours it takes to get to Denizli.
Selçuk is a pretty city. Yesterday it was raining, but today it was mostly nice. The first thing I did today was to go to Ephesus. The Lonely Planet Guide says that you can walk there from Selçuk but they advise against it, as part of it is a long uphill slog. So I found the place near the bus station where the taxi drivers sit and await their prey. They tried to get me to to the "Church of Mary" as well, which I gather is near Ephesus, for a lot more money. I kept saying no and when I started walking away and then they finally said they would take me to just Ephesus. The taxi drivers in Selçuk have a very nice deal worked out for themselves. According to Lonely Planet, there is a local law that prohibits businesses such as hotels from giving their customers free rides to Ephesus.
|Looking down the street from my lodging.|
|This is where I am staying.|
|Lots of orange trees.|
|In the town center.|
Ephesus was incredible as you can see. The Library of Celsus is the most amazing. I have lots more pictures which I will post a link to later.
After exiting, I was glad to see that coming back to Selçuk I could get a dolmuş (shared taxi) for a lot less than another taxi. The dolmuş that runs between Selçuk and Pamucak, a town on the beach, stops at the exit from Ephesus on the way between Selçuk and Pamucak and back. While waiting, the one heading towards Pamucak came first so I decided to go there for a while. I wandered around Pamucak and the beach for about half an hour and then went back to Selçuk.