Day 3 and 4: Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya

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The road to Ephesus

Today we start our trip at 7.30 for five hours bus ride to Ephesus, the biggest ancient city ruins in Turkey, the scenery along the way is splendid. It is raining quite heavily today but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying the view. We got to see rainbow again, a perfect half rounded rainbow. We visited Virgin Mary’s House, a small chapel made from stones believed to be the last place Mary lived. The tour in Ephesus is not very pleasant because of the heavy rain, but we manage to get through all the ruins. We visited Nike Goddess statue, the Goddesss of victory and the inspiration for Nike logo (sport shoes brand). We also see the mass bathroom of Roman empire where people used to take a dump and chat with each other. There used to be hot water flushing the dump and cold water in front of the toilet to wash their hands.

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Ruins of Ephesus

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Nike Goddess Statue, the Goddess of Victory

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Celcus Library in Ephesus, Turkey

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A ruins in Ephesus

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Restaurant complex near Ephesus

Deeper to the ruins, we saw Celcus Library and Great Theatre. I didn’t pay attention very much because the rain is very harsh and I’m wet with my camera, luckily my Fujifilm X-Pro manage to take pictures under the situation perfectly fine. We had lunch 5 minutes away from Ephesus then descend the mountain, heading to Cotton Castle in Pamukkale.

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Ruins of Hierapolis in Pamukkale

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Hotel’s swimming pool in Pamukkale
Cotton castle is a natural hot spring bath, the blue colored water contains calcium. It was raining again when I visited Pamukkale, but I strive through the rain and took decent pictures. Our hotel tonight called Colossae, a five star hotel in the area with buffett dinner and swimming pool. The most fancied facilities in this hotel is the thermal spa, much like Japanese onsen but this one is bigger.

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The scenery to Konya from Pamukkale

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Windmill in a way to Konya
The next morning we went to Konya and visit Mevlana museum. The trip was very long, it took 7 hours to Konya and 5 more hours to Cappadocia. We also visited Sutanhani Caravansarai, a fortress used in the past to protect voyager travelling.

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Mevlana Museum, Konya

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Mevlana Museum, Konya

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Mevlana museum, Konya

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Scenery on a road to Konya

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Scenery on a road to Konya

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About Kevin

Kevin is an Emerging Markets Research Analyst at a global macro investment firm based in Montreal, Canada. Originally trained to be a medical doctor, he found his passion in capital markets after being involved in managing portion of his family’s equity portfolio. Kevin holds Masters degree in both finance and management, has passed all levels of CFA exam, and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Professional Financial Modeller (PFM). He read voraciously and has a hobby of tinkering (read: programming) his systematic equity and volatility trading model for the “Quantimental” investment firm he founded. In his spare time, Kevin likes to travel the world and become a freelance photographer for Getty Images. To date, he has a portfolio of over 1200 pictures across 35 countries.
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4 Responses to Day 3 and 4: Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya

  1. I just got back from a trip to Turkey, and it’s great fun to see so many of the same places in different light and weather. Looks like you had a wonderful trip!

    • agent909 says:

      Well, how’s the weather these day? I suppose you had a more pleasant trip, because when I went to Turkey last December it’s raining a lot, so we had to rush and feel little bit uncomfortable visiting Blue Mosque and Ephesus.

      • I was there once in October, and it was still warm. In April it was perfect! Not too hot, not too cold, and I think we only had sprinkles a couple of times, and it never lasted. So much of Ephesus is outdoors, and it looked like a heavier rain. But you certainly saw a LOT.

  2. Belinay Hilal says:

    Wow very beautiful blog. I had never seen such type of beautiful places. I always like to visit the old historical places. Recently I had visited few places of Ephesus with aboutephesus.com.

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