Saturday, November 7, 2009

Paragliding in Ölüdeniz and Sightseeing in Selçuk

On Thursday we woke up in Fethiye to a bright, warm, sunshiney day. Conditions were ripe for paragliding in Ölüdeniz, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We had a flight time of about 40 minutes, soaring high over the mountains and over the sea and lagoon which were an unreal shade of baby blue. I had an amazing view of the Turquoise coast and the 12 islands. It was such a hot day that we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the beach until sundown.

Friday morning we caught a bus from Fethiye to Aydin and then took a dolmuş to Selçuk, a nice little town by the South Aegean Sea. The weather here is even warmer than it is on the Med. Selçuk is the perfect base from which to explore the ruins of Ephesus and the town's other attractions. We checked into the charming, comfortable ANZ (Australia New Zealand) Guest house and were reacquainted with other travellers we'd met in Fethiye.

We proceeded to visit one of the Wonders of the Ancient World: the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Not much remains of it, but when it was standing it was a massive temple with 127 columns (only one still stands). It is rumoured that most of the marble was taken to İstanbul to construct the Aya Sofya or it was used to built the structures of Ephesus.

Today we walked the 3 km to Ephesus to see the sprawling ruins from the ancient city. I cannot wait to post the pictures. If you want to see ruins this is the motherlode! We spent hours visiting the city in the hot sun and enjoyed every moment. Photos to come!

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