11.05.2009 - 12.05.2009 27 °C
Now we are getting somewhere!
I won't go into the details of the bus ride but İ will tell you of the special treat that has become a favourite. Magnum Fistik. That is a pistachio Magnum!!
Arrival in Selçuk was a beautiful thing after such a long night in the rather rustic hotel in Bursa. However, Bursa had its charms in silk scarves and whirling dervishes. The later was miraculous to witness but even more so when we were welcomed with such enthusiasm by the women in the Mosque who pulled up forward and gave up their seats in order for us to see. These guys in a trance like state whirled for about half an hour non-stop. Mostly with their eyes closed and they never hit a wall or anything. They looked truly serene. It was worth the accommodation (which was tiny rooms with one shower and squat toilet to share between all 13 of us)
But back to Selçuk.
A clean room with an en suite was likely to make any experience there a pleasure but what an incredible place! My first visit was to the Basilica of St John. It was late afternoon when we got there - an hour before it closed. Perfect time to go as the sun was less strong and there was no one but me and two of my travelling companions. The stillness went straight to my core. After the hustle and bustle of travelling from here to there it was a hiatus I was ready for. Jean and Rachel left but I stayed on realising it was the first time I had been alone since the tour began. The sun continued to descend as I sat in the ruins of the Basilica dressed in the spring flowers of daisies, poppies and some other yellow flowers I don't know. And the roses! I marvelled (and truthfully found it hard to grasp) that St John the Baptist actually lived there and baptised people in the font that was still intact.
I figured not much could top that. I was wrong,
After watching the sunset from our rooftop restaurant for dinner and then enjoyıng a breakfast of fetta, egg, olives, tomato, cucumber and nescafe we headed off early to Ephesus.
I don't know what to say about this place. The civilisation was incredibly advanced and I couldn't quite work out how they lost the toilet seat over time, Why squat when you can sit? We had a guided tour of the site which I'm so glad for. And me and the Pink Lady took a few photos....that would be about 150! But it was hot, hot, hot!
When we got to the amphitheatre I was so tempted to break out in song but shy me won over and I just stood opened mouthed as I stared at the enormity of it.
In the afternoon we headed to a little village where they specialise in fruit wine. The perfect place for Alicia! Peach, pomegranate, kiwi, quince, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry and more. Sweet, sweet, sweet.
Dinner was a chance for me to try the Turkish Raki. Well, try is the word. It's much like cough medicine. A couple of sips was enough for me. Even when I shared it with the whole group it was hardly touched. Well, these things need to by tried And it was Pam's birthday so we got cake as well!
It was so sad to leave Selçuk but so much more awaits.