Wednesday, June 30, 2010
As I was shooting I noticed this guy waving at me, most likely wanting me to stop and check out what he's selling. Unfortunately, we walked on by.
No paucity for eating establishments. However, my appetite wasn't with me that day.
I love the narrow streets in Izmir, like the ones in Barcelona.
Another place to eat. I love the pink color and the ironwork on the windows.
There was a church but it was gated and the gate was closed. The gate was high too so this was the only part of the church that was visible.
~This is a scheduled post. I will visit your blogs when I return. ~
Sunday, June 27, 2010
So we walked and walked and found a street that was mostly pedestrian and lined with stores and eats. We were not hungry, not at all, but we saw this small cafe - mostly bakery that has a few tables. The people who worked there were so friendly that a cursory peek on our part ended up over 30 minutes of eating and talking.
This is Zelda. She spoke no English. But her warmth and congeniality crossed any language barrier. She managed to get our orders correctly. She inquired where we came from and when we replied SAN FRANCISCO. She gave us a very big smile and said I LIKE, which I took to mean she like to visit SF someday.
I didn't get this guy's name, but he was preparing the pizza. They wanted us to wait for the pizza, but we weren't in the mood for pizza that day. All we wanted to try were Turkish delights, yummies that we couldn't get home. Although on hindsight maybe we should have waited for the pizza. I've never had Turkish pizza before. Anyone had Turkish pizza before?
We ordered two different types of pastries with our Turkish coffee -the best coffee I had so far. When our pastries arrived, there were five pastries on the plate. I told my husband they have made a mistake. We tried to explain to Zelda that we only ordered two kinds. It was not a mistake. They gave us those three other pastries to try for FREE. They wanted us to try what else Turkey has to offer in terms of pastries. Isn't that touching gesture? How very kind to strangers.
They don't look fancy, but they are really good.
The display has a feel of those bakeries back home where as a child I pressed my face on the glass shelves to take a closer look at the bread with unknown fillings.
What a lovely experience for me and my husband. Zelda and every one in the cafe were very friendly. A memorable time.
~ This is a scheduled post. I am currently away. Will visit your blogs when I get back to my regular schedule.~
Thursday, June 24, 2010
We didn't take the same route. Alonzo said he'd show us the ocean view - never mind that we've been here via a cruise ship, he was insistent. And I'm glad he took us at the top of the hill where there was a sweeping view of the Aegean Sea - I believe. For the most part, we drove thru rural scenery. Then to some colorful housing complex.
Here's a closer look at those units. I simply love the vibrant colors.
And as part of the history portion of the tour, Alonzo took us to where we would drive by the bust of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (carved on a hillside rock) - most popularly known as the Turkish hero. He was Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, writer, and founder of the Republic of Turkey. And oh he was also the first president of Republic of Turkey.
When we entered what obviously looked like city limits, I started shooting as well. I liked to see all the advertisements even though I don't understand what they say.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Or this gatelike structure that I gave a cursory nod and a click of the shutter.
And this beautiful tile work that I am guessing was either part of a flooring or could this be a road of some sort. It's amazing how this could have lasted all these years.
With this photos, our too short a time in Ephesus ended. We were met at the southern gate by our friendly taxi driver and driven back to the port.
CORRECTION: At the beginning of this post I mentioned that our friendly driver was Albanian. My mistake. I read back my journal and realized that he is Bulgarian who spoke Turkish and a little Italian and his name was Alonzo. Thank heavens for journals.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The ramp is the way to enter the theatre.
From the "stage" to the seats, nothing is prohibited to tourists. I particularly like that sole tree on the top.
Here is the stage from one of the upper seats.
And this is the theatre from the street view as we were nearing the south gate, where we will be exiting.
In addition to the last paragraph, I read that in the early years of Christianity one of the big combats between the followers of Artemis and of Christ had taken place in this theatre, and as a result, St. Paul was put into prison on the hill named after him, and he was then obliged to leave Ephesus.
This is the most magnificent structure in Ephesus ancient city. The Great Theatre is located on the slope of Panayir Hill, opposite the Harbor Street, and easily seen when entering from the south entrance to Ephesus. It was first constructed in the Hellenistic Period, in the third century BC during the reign of Lysimachos, but then during the Roman Period, it was enlarged and formed its current style that is seen today.
It is the largest in Anatolia and has the capacity of 25,000 seats. The cavea has sixty six rows of seats, divided by two diazoma (walkway between seats) into three horizontal sections. There are three sections of seats. In the lower section, Marble pieces, used for restoration, and the Emperor's Box were found. The seats with backs ,made of marble, were reserved for important people. The audience entered from the upper cavea.
The stage building is three-storied and 18 meters high. The facade facing the audience was ornamented with relieves, columns with niches, windows and statues. There are five doors opening to the orchestra area, the middle one of which is wider than the rest. This enhanced the appearance of the stage, giving it a bigger, monumental look.
The theatre was used not only for concerts and plays, but also for religious, political and philosophical discussions and for gladiator and animal fights. [source]
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
In the land that is now Turkey, a wide marble road slopes down to one of the largest libraries of the ancient world. Between 12,000 and 15,000 scrolls were housed in the grand Library of Celsus in the Roman city, Ephesus.
Designed by the Roman architect Vitruoya, the library was built in memory of Celsus Polemeanus, who was a Roman senator, General Governor of the Province of Asia, and a great lover of books. Celsus' son, Julius Aquila, began the construction in 110 AD. The library was completed by Julius Aquila's successors in 135 AD.
Celsus was buried beneath the ground floor in a lead container inside a marble tomb. A corridor behind the north wall leads to the vault.The Library of Celsus was remarkable not only for its size and its beauty, but also for its clever and efficient design. [source]
The library is another one of those ruins that you can touch, enter, and practically do with whatever you feel like. Of course I am not suggesting you do whatever you like, respect these ruins.
We were so busy looking at details that when I came down the stairs of the library, red flag came off my brain as I see a throng of black tied men coming my way. By the time I was a few feet away from the library, the whole place was cordoned off. I was helped out of the cordon by a paparazzi, yes, he did extend his arm and pulled me up, tiny legs and all :)
Later on we found out that the vice president of Italy was visiting. No wonder we saw inside the Mazeus and Mithriadates Gate (first pic, the arched gates on the left) that the area was a set up for what looked like a garden party. We ventured there without knowing that it's off limits, until a guy who looked like security barred us from further exploring the grounds.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
"This building has the shape of a small theatre with the stage building, seating places and the orchestra.It had double function in use. First it was used as a Bouleuterion for the meetings of the Boulea or the Senate. The second fuction was the Odeum as a concert hall for the performances.It was constructed in the 2nd century A.D by the order of Publius Vedius Antonius and his wife Flavia paiana, two wealthy citizens in Ephesus."
"It had a capacity of 1500 spectators. It had 3 doors opening from the stage to the podium. The podium was narrow and one meter higher than the orchestra section. The stage building was two-storeyed and embellished with columns.The podium in front of the stage building and some parts of the seating were restored. The Odeon used to be enclosed with a wooden roof.
Two councils administrated Ephesus. These were Demos or the parliament which was open to the public was taken place in the great theatre and the Bouleia which gathered in this small theatre. The members of the boulea were chosen from the aristocratic class of Ephesians. The most important decisions and city matters were discussed here."
It looks well preserved, and again I must reiterate my concern about the harm that tourists like me could bring to these ancient structures.
From the seats this is the view of the street outside.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
The Fountain of Trajan is 12 m high and had two storeys. The first storey was 7 m high and the second storey 5 m high. The fountain was erected in dedication to Emperor Trajan in the 1st century AD. (No the fountain is no longer there)
Walking around historical places like this one can be both surreal and mind blowing. It hits you one moment and the next all you can think of is I should stop daydreaming and try to photograph all these reliefs.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
One of the few structures in Ephesus that you can enter and explore to your heart's content. I wonder if that is a wise move on the government's part. I am sure that the many tourists who come here and trample on these ruins would do more harm in the long run. I have only seen minimal clues of restoration, unlike in Acropolis where one can see that restoration is ongoing.
Here is what the Ephesus book had to say about the Bath:
The upper part of the bath, which formed a salon and had central heating, is ruined. There was a swimming pool, having a hot bath (caldarium), a warm bath (tepidarium), a cold bath (frigidarium) and a dressing room (apodyterium). Though the first builidng of this bath, which had three floors, belonged to the 2nd century, a woman named Skolasticia adapted it into the present condition, making it available to hundreds of people in the 4th century. There were not only public rooms, but also private rooms. Those who wished could stay for many days. The furnace and the large boiler of the heating system which provided heat and hot water for the salon, the rooms and for a very large bath were on the first floor.
So you are seeing the ruins of the 4th century spa. This is way too cool. Apparently this was a place where people congregate and talk about politics, etc while soaking their feet in warm water - their own version of foot spa.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
NIKE GODDESS OF VICTORY. The relief of Nike, winged goddess of victory, comes from the Roman period and was discovered among the ruins on the Square of Domitian.
This is the Memorial to Memmius decorating the Square of Domitian. The sign says: Tomb of Memmius, grandson of Sulla, 1st cent BC.
Here's one that I couldn't identify. I don't know why very little is on the net about this place.