travel photography: Turkey's southwest coast

Happy Monday friends . . . today I am excited to share images from the last leg of our Turkey tour! We spent the last portion of our trip exploring the Southwest Coast along the Aegean Sea and it was absolutely amazing (as you can view in my overly long post below ;)

We flew into Izmir and rented a car so we could do some exploring and site seeing on our own and at our own pace on a little road trip! The first stop was Ephesus, one of Turkey’s most famous historic sites – it was once an ancient Greek city and later a major Roman city. Ephesus contains the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean and apparently only about 15% has been excavated! The most amazing of the excavations is the Library of Celsus (built in 124 AD) and the theater that dominates the view down Harbor Street, which leads to the now dried-up harbor.

We spent the evening and night in the nearby village of Sirince at an amazing bed & breakfast. This former Greek village is THE cutest place I have ever seen . . I just could not put my camera down as we strolled the village streets and enjoyed the views and a tasting of their various fruit wines. We of course, enjoyed more dining alfresco – a home cooked patio dinner and delicious breakfast the following morning before heading out on our ruins road trip!

Driving the Turkish highways was easier than we imagined as we visited:

- Priene and its Temple of Athena, funded by Alexander the Great. We had the place to ourselves :)

- the huge theater of Miletus

- the Temple of Apollo at Didyma which was among the most famous oracles in the ancient world

- a stop for an amazing fresh water front lunch at Lake Bafa

- and last, we visited the Temple of Zeus at Euromos, the most perfect ruined Greek temple set in an olive grove where we were the only visitors once again!

All this before arriving in the city of Bodrum where we spent the remaining three days of our trip lounging pool side, soaking in the sun at the beach, seeing the castle & marina, and appreciating the great views of the little white washed houses from our hotel patio above it all. What a wonderful trip.

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climbing to the top!

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Enjoying Lake Bafa, a beautiful huge lake. We discovered this little restaurant on the water . . there was no menu and only a bit of English. Grilled fish was the only option :)

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