Roger's cruise photos,
to Kusadasi, Turkey on Sept 17, 2015 All photos were shot with a FujiFilm X-T1 using a FujiFilm 18 - 55 mm f2.8 lens.
Here I am coming into the harbor at Kusadasi, Turkey.
It was peaceful windless morning sitting out on my patio drinking gourmet coffee and eating a blueberry scone.
The highlight of todays excursion was
the ancient city of Ephesus.
Ephesus excavated remains reflect centuries of history, from classical Greece to the Roman Empire – when it was the Mediterranean’s main commercial center.
It was a beautiful day not too warm. The city ruins were on a downhill path approximately 2 to 3 miles long.
Our guide loved the new Turkey, was very knowledgeable explaining these ruins to us.
Nice decorative rock sculpture on these columns.
The path was covered with polished marble.
These ruins are in wonderful condition considering that the city ruled between 10th century B.C. and 15th century A.D.
A beautiful angel indeed.
Looks like Halloween.
How did they make this pillar?
The famous library of Celsus.
This place was considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the old world.
Mass toilet stalls which actually had running water.
The holes in the rock were even beveled.
An excavation area with work tables for reconstructing the plaques. Looks like lots of jigsaw puzzles.
The old merchants spent lots of money decorating.
They had some skilled artisans even in those old days.
Amazing ceramic piping for fresh water and the sewer disposal pipes. It looks like modern times.
More excavating of living space and shops.
Masonry has been around a long time.
A pretty partridge.
The excavators storage area.
Lots of good looking felines occupied the ruins.
Another shot of the famous library.
Mary Magdalene mother of Jesus apparently lived in Ephesus the last years of her life.
Looks like Roman arches, but how do they stay up?
Pretty tabby cat.
I became very friendly with doctor gynecologist from New York City. She stayed glued to the guide and knew where and how to shop.
I also became very friendly with this business woman. She owned and ran a government parts business for weapons, helicopters, and airplanes. She was also a professional shopper.
20,00 seat Amphitheater Coliseum still in very good condition.
How can that blonde cat nurse all those big kittens?
At the end of the path through the city there were numerous shops with very pushy salesmen.
Our next stop.
This was a view from the Catholic Basilica ruins and it was a Mosque. It was high noon and the monks in the Mosque were chanting to Alla toward the east. It was loud and a terrible sounding noise.
A view of the St. Johns Basilica ruins.
Parts of the Basilica still stand erect.
On the road to lunch now and this is an old Turkish bath house site.
Back in Kusadasi in a rug and jewelry shop.
This was the design that I thought matched our family room.
They served us anything we wanted before giving their presentation about how Turkish rugs were made. I had Turkish Coffee which was very strong.
The guy on the right did the lecture and ended up being my salesman. This guy on the left could spin a rug like a pizza.
Yes this is the one I purchased.
They started at $3400 for this 5'x7' wool rug. I got it for $2200 and have been told by other rug dealers that is was a fair price but not a bargain.
The seafood restaurants along the Kusadasi port looked excellent, but unfortunately I had no one with me to dine with, so I dined on board the cruise ship.
A weaver making a rug. I was told that it took 6 months to make my rug.