Approaching the Turkish resort town of Kusadasi...
... and entering its small harbor
We docked beside Holland America's Ryndam... and are heading to meet...
... our private tour guide Murat (must be a common Turkish name?)
This tour was arranged by Natalie Corrigan
The Ryndam is a lot smaller than the Royal
We have to go outside the terminal to find the van
We pass through this beachfront town on a...
... 20 minute ride to reach the ancient city of Ephesus
Looking back at one of the gates to the large expanse of Ephesus (the town of Selcuk is in the background)
Ephesus was a Greek city built as a seaport in 550 BC and later occupied by up to 100,000 Romans
... and excavation revealed a "modern" system of underground pipes to carry all that water
Remains of the city's large water cistern ...
The upper level "State Agora" where we are now standing ... with ...
... it's small amphitheater
Precious statues had been unearthed and now reside in museums
The path descends into the heart of the ancient city
This is the symbol for a pharmacy that existed on this spot ...
... and a caduceus, the symbol of medicine, in a location across the path