Kusadasi, Part Two
Ephesus at one time was a teeming port city with 250,000 people in the area. The library was once the 3rd largest in the world. Seeing the remnants of everything from the public toilets to the market place stalls, to the brothels was to be able to step back into a cradle of modern civilization, feeling the influence on our present day. One of the most fascinating parts was the tour of the Terrace Houses. These are actual homes, owned by the wealthy merchants and parliamentarians. These were highly privileged people, and these homes rival the best of the McMansions of today.
We were fortunate to have a private guide for this tour. He took us through Ephesus, and also to the Temple of the House of Mary, a sacred spot for both Christians and Muslims. This is quite possibly the final place of Mary, mother of Jesus, stayed and died. It is overseen by nuns from the Franciscan Order, and has been visited by many Popes and other high ranking people. It was quite a moving place.
With the benefit of the guide, we were treated to lunch at a typical diner, the Turkish version of the lunch counter/cafeteria in the states. The main difference, however, is that the owners grow most of the veggies used, and also have their own olive groves, and press their own oils. They know their butchers, and the meats they get are superb. Eggplant and artichokes are grown in Turkey, and the use of them in local dishes reflects that.
One other little fun note about Kusadasi Turkey, there is a preponderance of storks. They are everywhere in the city, roosting on ruins and rooftops. Quite lovely to see. They are plentiful, but not the nuisance that the resident Canadian Geese are in North Carolina.
I was enthralled by the people and places we saw in Turkey. It is a lovely place, the people are very warm, and inviting. Their hospitality towards visitors is divine, and their passions are great.