The highlight of breakfast at our hotel was a cheese salad paired with simit, or the Turkish bagel.  Wanting to beat the crowds, we hopped in a taxi and headed over to Ephesus, our reason for coming to the area.  Our early arrival was rewarded with the ability to enjoy many of the ruins alone or just a handful of people.

Ephesus Terrace Houses

Ephesus Terrace Houses

After Ephesus, we went to Ephesus Museum–it was only 11:00 by the time we finished with the museum and we were at a loss as to how we would spend the rest of our day.  We had an early morning flight out of Izmir the next day and Adam suggested we just leave Selcuk to go to Izmir.  At first, I resisted the idea since it would involve having to leave our hotel early, finding a hotel in Izmir, and cancelling out transfer to Izmir Airport but then I came around and we managed to pack and do the first two things in twenty minutes and made it to the train station to catch the 11:30 train to Izmir.  The train ride took about an hour and a half–we checked into our hotel, and had lunch at a nearby lokantasi.  We then walked over to Konak Square.

I couldn’t help but notice how fanciful this chandelier at a mosque in Konak Square was

Building at Konak Square

We then walked over to Asansor which was a long but not unpleasant walk, rode the elevator to the top and enjoyed the views.

We caught a taxi back to our hotel, rested for a bit, and then made our way over to Izmir’s waterfront for a stroll and dinner at one of the many restaurants that line the waterfront.  After leaving the restaurant, we were fortunate enough to come across what I believe was an event celebrating Children’s Day.

We made our way back to our hotel and I had to give Adam props for recommending we leave Selcuk early for Izmir.


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