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The ancient Greek city of Ephesus that lies in present day Turkey.

Ephesus and Selcuk, Turkey.

The ancient Greek city of Ephesus that lies in present day Turkey.

I’ve grown accustomed to slow travel. I like spending a week everywhere, soaking up the atmosphere, getting used to being in a place.

But it quickly became evident that that lifestyle wasn’t going to work in Turkey. Most of the places on my list of things to see weren’t places I could hang my hat, they were good for a day of exploring but after that I just couldn’t find much else to occupy my time. I had intended to go to some beach towns but the weather had been miserable so I wasn’t in the mood. And so I ended up breezing through Turkey much faster than I’d anticipated.

I spent two nights in Selcuk in a hotel I’m convinced I was the only person staying at. I think the owner tried to make me feel like there were many more by proclaiming that I was the last to eat dinner (at 8pm) and the last to eat breakfast (at 9am).

I arrived late on the first day and left early on the third so I really only spent a day exploring, which was more than enough.

Selcuk is the base for those wanting to see Ephesus, an ancient Greek city that lies in present day Turkey.

I spent a few hours amongst the ruins there.

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Afterwards I went to some other attractions around town, like the Ephesus Museum that displayed some of the statues…

Ephesus Museum, Selcuk Turkey

Ephesus Museum, Selcuk Turkey

Ephesus Museum, Selcuk Turkey

And the Temple of Artemis, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world but really just some rubble…

Temple of Artemis in Selcuk Turkey

And the Church of St. John because it was near my hotel…

Church of St. John in Selcuk Turkey

And a random goat…

Goat in Selcuk Turkey

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  • Jarmo @ArcticNomad
    October 24, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Some places are better suited for slow travel than others; and I also think that slow travel is the best way to experience places. It’s been such a long since I was in Turkey, that I can’t say anything about that, but at least SE Asia seems to be great for slow travel 🙂

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