We had an interesting tour around another pile of rocks – The first part was to the temple of Artemis near Kusadasi. This must get first price for the APOR award (another pile of rocks). In the guide book it is described as the greatest temple in all of Asia Minor and considered one of the seven wonders of ancient times. The solitary temple column that rises today from a muddy pool is a challenge to your imagination and it is difficult to see where all the enthusiasm comes from. It also doesn’t help when you find out that the original columns were taken back to Britain in the late 18 century and the one that is left comes from somewhere else.
Afterwards we then headed for Ephesus, which is a totally different kettle of fish. Here we walked along the actual white marble streets, flanked with civic buildings, shops and the houses of the wealthy. You can even sit on one of the communal toilets that date back to Greco – Roman times. The only disappointment was our guide who we had hired. She was completely hopeless, but we were still able to gleam enough information from the passing English tour groups.