One of the best things bout our hotel is the breakfast by the fireplace:
With breakfast like this we are ready to conquer the day!!!!
Let me introduce you to Mira:
Though we booked a tour of Ephesus, Mira managed to squeeze in so many many side trips on the way.
1. House of Virgin Mary
It’s just outside gates of Ephesus. Small place, we went inside where photos are not allowed. The place was found by some people from an American society who were staying in Selçuk, based on a book written about a bedridden and disabled woman’s stigmata/dreams/visions.
She (a Roman Catholic nun) actually dreamt/had a vision that she met the Virgin Mary there, and she described the house in vivid detail. The guys in Selçuk thought, since they’re there, lets check it out and they found the house in ruins.
Crazy thing is that she’s from Germany.
It was reconstructed and restored, with details based on the book.
Now it’s a Christian and Muslim shrine, and people have pilgrimage there all the time.
There’s also a wishing wall.
OUR FAVOURITE PLACE!
Ephesus is an ancient Greek city, and recently, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It was cold!!! And it’s supposed to be warmer in this part of Turkey 😂 I don’t understand this warm warm business so far everything has been quite freezing.
This is the entrance to Ephesus. Mira told us the story of how the inhabitants learnt that they used to build columns as a whole piece but then during an earthquake, they break and they have to make a new one.
So since disease is rampant back then, before you get to enter the city, u need to go to the gym. Why? To get cleaned up! Haha.
This one is a brothel. According to our guide the ladies in a brothel back then were educated. So they can talk to u about pretty much anything. Only the rare 99% would be interested in the more obvious sex trade. Hahaha! She’s funny kan!
Same like us in Brunei, VIP sits in front, and more common people enter from the back.
3. Temple of Artemis
Love this photo where 3 religions are featured in 1. Paganism from Temple of Artemis, Islam in Isabey Mosque and Christianity at St John Basilica in the back.
5. Sirinçe Köyu
This is a shopping village. In this village, there was a man who made all the jewellery for the movie Troy.
Haha we love him and we bought some jewellery as well. He offers the best price too!
He also offered us a ride home (I think cause we hang out at his shop too long hahahaha)
We got ourselves sultanite rings! It’s green indoors and when outside, it changes colour to pink! Awesome!
(No worries that’s just an antique and certainly not loaded.)
Also while we were there, it snowed! I have a video! Will upload on Instagram.
6. Isa Bey Mosque
One of the oldest and most impressive mosques in Anatolia.
Lonely man doing his Isya.
7. Selçuk cottage industry
Carpet making n the other hand was super interesting- the teachers showed us how they do the carpets from choosing silk cocoons, to weaving it, to eventually looming the carpets.
Then there’s Selçuk’s leather industry, where they showed us their latest collection by doing a fashion show hahah.
Ok I’m so sleepy. Might edit this post with new photos. But it’s 10pm here and omg I can barely keep my eyes open! Good night!