Temple Of Artemis
I woke at 8am, after the best night’s sleep I’ve had so far. Following a shower and repack, plus a late checkout as Mehmet didn’t seem to mind, I left my main bag and food at Anz Hostel. First stop was the Temple of Artemis. One of the original 7 wonders of the world, but now in ruins and with only 1 of the 127 columns still “standing”, reconstructed at one end of the site. There wasn’t much to see, but it was still fascinating to be there.
After a short wander around the town I returned to the hotel for food from my supplies, then headed for the Ephesus Museum in Selçuk which was included on my entry ticket to the archeological site. Many artefacts were on display, including huge coin collections, household implements such as oil lamps or cooking vessels, as well as jewellery and several well preserved statues. I watched the flyover video which was thankfully in English and gave a great overview of the site and how it would have looked prior to its decline.
I returned to hang out before my bus in the hostel courtyard (which was a bit cold), booked my flight to Nepal and then joined Michelle and Jason from New Zealand on the terrace upstairs and got advice from them about my kiwi leg. Queenstown, hitchiking and fergburgers are all on the agenda.
I wandered over to the bus station at 7.30pm and mentally prepared myself for the 10 hour journey ahead. I was then bundled into the coach and made to sit on an aisle seat next to a large Turkish man despite the fact there were loads of empty seats further back. No sleep, again.