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Day 12/13 ~ Feb 12th/13th

Filed under: Photos,Turkey — she_travels at 9:57 am on Saturday, February 13, 2010

It was cold and pouring rain yesterday so I took some quiet time away from the world to chill and do darn near nothing. One needs such days from time to time while traveling in this manner.

Today I was hailed on in a place called Ephesus, it was not so bad the temps were up thank goodness so when the back of my legs were soaked I was still smiling. I am SO loving my new rain coat.

From Wikipedia :

Ephesus (Ancient Greek ??????, Turkish Efes) was an ancient Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, the empire’s capital. Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BCE), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was destroyed in 401 CE by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. The town was again partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614. The city’s importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River.

Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. It is also the site of a large gladiators’ graveyard.

With a bit of history out of the way, on to the pics.

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They grow perfect Christmas Trees in this place.

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We came around a bend in the turn to see this…I pretty much stood there with my mouth open for a bit.

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Cool huh?  The people are a group if Asians off a couple buses.

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The Library of Celsus, the facade of which has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, was built ca. CE 125 by Gaius Julius Aquila in memory of his father and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. Designed with an exaggerated entrance — so as to enhance its perceived size, speculate many historians — the building faces east so that the reading rooms could make best use of the morning light.

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Various materials were used in the rebuilding after war and fire.

There is a section one must pay additional to see, it is called the Terrace Houses, Austria paid for a roof so the many people helping put the puzzle of a place back together  are out of the weather.

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Original Paintings

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The lion is small 1×1 tiles placed on the floor, I was on a catwalk above looking at him upside down..so the pic looks a bit funny but ya get the idea.

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I was told it is so hot in the summer here, the heat from the rocks is almost unbearable and the foliage is burned up and brown. I may be dealing with weather but at least its not hot and chock a block full of people.

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See  the bands of hail? Man! did I get wet!

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Do not fall.

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After all that I was hungry so I had a visit to the Friday Market.

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The Egg Man.

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This is where the battery in the camera died. I got what I came for though, two yummy oranges and a banana.

Tomorrow a 3 hours bus ride to a spot called Pamukkale,  famous for white limescale pools of water.

Orchids

Filed under: Flowers,Photos,SEA,Thailand — she_travels at 11:25 am on Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mom wanted to ride an elephant. I was all about the flowers. The orchid farm outside of Chang Mai.

Closed…..—>

Open..

Wacky upside down tree.

Princess Mother’s Garden

Filed under: Flowers,Photos,SEA,Thailand — she_travels at 11:11 am on Tuesday, November 18, 2008

This place is a bit of a bus ride north of Chang Rai but I am telling you it is totally worth the hassle to get there.

North Thailand

Filed under: Photos,SEA,Thailand — she_travels at 11:04 am on Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Bamboo Bike Ride

Mom wanted to see Elephants.

We were riding one in front of these people.

Yet another way to get from point A to point B in Asia.

We stayed here, with the lily pond just to the left.

From the outside, the pond is below Mom’s feet. It was a beautiful, quiet spot outside of Chang Mai.

Various Cambodia/Thailand

Filed under: Photos,SEA,Thailand — she_travels at 9:01 pm on Monday, November 17, 2008

Transport for good across the Thailand/Cambodia boarder, these are going through customs.

The goods…not so much going through customs. These children are smuggling jeans across the boarder.

Dried shrimps for sale.

Yet another market.

Traffic, Traffic

One travels in many different ways in Asia.

You can just make out the people with food on their shoulders. They would run out to any kind of car with many a thing to sell, from sodas to rice to grasshoppers, tissues, and chapstick.

Open air market butcher.

Pig Face.

I love  this Dragon!

Kho PhiPhi, Thailand

Filed under: Photos,SEA,Thailand — she_travels at 8:38 pm on Monday, November 17, 2008

I don’t so much get the appeal of this place but I understand many believe it to be the end all and be all of islands.

The man in the hill..he watched the Tsunami roll in. He was showing Mom various money notes form different countries he had been given.

The hut mom and I stayed in.

Phang-Nga Bay, Thailand

Filed under: Photos,SEA,Thailand — she_travels at 6:23 pm on Monday, November 17, 2008

Beach where we had lunch.

Next our guide parked the boat on a small this bit of beach. He rummaged about in a case for a moment, handed us headlamps then  waved his hand toward the rock face (behind me).  Mom and I understood “Get out of the boat,  go that way.”  Picking our way through rocks and brush the direction he pointed we found a cave in the rock wall with a bamboo ladder.

The ladder was rickety and a  bit unsafe but one can not have adventures without a bit of risk. Through the cave mouth we put our head lamps on and walked a more traveled path through the rock. It may have taken us fifteen minutes to notice a bright spot in the darkness ahead. As we got closer it turned out to be a hand sized a hole in the rock with daylight shinning through.

This is the picture I took through the hole. It seems to be the inside of the island, a bit of water completely surrounded by limestone.  The water is an interesting color.

We spend the night in this fishing village. It is all on stilts against the wall of rock island.

Phang-Nga village area:

Rubber Trees..who knew?

Nothing like doing it by hand.

Cool Arse tree growing out of a rock.

Ko Chang, Thailand

Filed under: Photos,Thailand — she_travels at 12:32 pm on Friday, September 19, 2008

I was not much impressed with this island, it’s tough to beat Roatan. The change in tide here is extreme!

Bangkok, finally!

Filed under: Photos,Thailand — she_travels at 11:59 am on Friday, September 19, 2008

My apologies, I was busy sizing, sorting and upload South East Asia pictures right up until I broke my leg July 20th, 2008. The story can be found in the short stories section of my web site.

Mom and I walked all over the city in addition to  taking Sky Train, Subway, Riverboat, Canal Boat and TukTuk. It was get fun and became game to see how many forms of conveyance we could use in anyone day.

Bangkok :

Very Slow Connection

Filed under: Thailand — she_travels at 4:24 am on Sunday, June 1, 2008

Man, you would think I am at the ends of the earth or something with the ever so very slow internet connection. I type faster than the buffer can so I am forever waiting..very strange. I don’t type that fast.

Very quickly, Mom and I had a grand old time. She left last week,  I think, time is different here. I continued on to Laos taking the slow (2 day) boat trip down the Mekong to Luang Prang spending a few days hanging out with some people from Israel, huge history lesson there people!  I am currently in a small place called Vieng Vang famous for rafting down the river and caving, might have to rent a bike to morrow to see what the what is about.

By the by – Mom and I saw Angkor Wat, if ever you are in this part of the world, I don’t care the price..GO see this place. I have plenty of pics for those that do not. We also were on two islands, Ko Chang and Ko PiPi Don, neither one could hold a candle to Roatan. We were in Bangkok twice, enjoying both times. Then north to Chang Mai…big busy place but where we stayed was a quiet island of calm. We went  to Chang Rai to see “The Princess Mother’s” garden…Both mom and I were blown away by the beauty and the many waterfalls.

My plan is to go south for a week or so, get a Vietnam visa along the way then go north up the coast to see if I can find an island as pretty and warm as Roatan.

I have over 600 pics I will share once I get back to the states. The computers here are just to slow for me to deal.

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