Saturday, June 26, 2010

Road trip to Ephesus

When we landed in Izmir we decided we should rent a car to drive to Ephesus. It took us about ten tries to find a place that had an automatic car but in the end we succeeded. Yes, we are lame Americans that can't really drive stick... but seriously, why hasn't the world caught onto how amazing automatic cars are??? Sara took on the role as driver and John as navigator.

We spent the night in a pleasant beach town named Kusadasi. We didn't do much except eat, watch the World Cup, and sleep. We needed to rest up for our big day at Ephesus.

The next morning we got up early and headed to Ephesus. Our early departure paid off because we beat most of the tourist buses up there. We spent a few hours wandering through the ruins. We learned a few things along the way: Supposedly the Apostle John settled here with Mother Mary after Christ's death. We saw the stadium where the Apostle Paul preached against paganism to the people - his message wasn't received so well. Also, Cleopatra visited the city quite a few times because her sister lived there. It's pretty incredible to be walking down the same road these amazing historical figures once walked.

1 comment:

  1. You can get a job teaching history when you get home and you'll have all the pictures for your lessons. Great experiences and great pictures.

    Dad just fixed S'mores since we didn't go to the ward campout. Yummy! Remember years ago when I said, "I'll never go camping again"? Well, I still feel that way. I told Mark Bates to tell me when the ward goes camping at Little America and I'll be the first to sign up!