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Kusadasi

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  • Day5

    Kusadasi, The Bird's Nest

    November 9, 2013 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    The name Kusadasi means "the bird's nest." It is the center of activity on this part of the Turkish coastline. Missing the political turmoil of Istanbul and Ankara, Kusadasi has its own quiet take on Turkish culture. We had an excellent Turkish lunch, complete with folk dancers and very entertaining musicians. The city is a wonderful venue for shopping and just hanging out. We were given a tour of a local rug merchant's shop with a demonstration of rug manufacturing.Read more

  • Day17

    Kusadasi and Ephesus

    November 21, 2013 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    I was running a little temperature so I decided not to get off the ship for the visit to Kusadasi and Ephesus. We had been here before, so it seemed to be a good day to rest and recuperate. Glenda spent some time going around and photographing areas on the ship.

  • Day32

    Heraklion, Crete

    October 12 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Our ship arrived at 7am at Heraklion, capital of Crete. First stop was Knossos palace (5km from the port), the ruins of a Minoan palace, built in 2000BC. This is one of 4 Minoan palaces that have been uncovered in Crete so far, from the Bronze Age. Around 1700BC a series of earthquakes destroyed most of the palaces but they were rebuilt. The ruins we saw are dated from this second rebuild. Around 1450BC Santorini volcano erupted and Crete was affected by the resulting tsunamis that reached the North coast, destroying their ships which annihilated the Minoan economy.
    The first excavation here began in 1878, and it's still an active archaeological site with more things being uncovered. The palace was a labyrinthine series of 1400 rooms for the royal family, priests etc. It was built as a labyrinth to be a refuge for the minotaur (said to be the product of the daughter of the king and a white bull she fell in love with, according to mythology, which was hunted, then eventually killed by Theseus). Most stone is white gypsum stone, locally occurring (also known as alabaster)
    The red columns we saw in concrete are reconstructed.. (the original columns were cypress) Typical Minoan columns look upside down.. slightly narrower at the base and wider at the top.
    Original Fresco paintings using natural pigments have mostly been moved to the museum, but some have been reproduced here.
    We saw the oldest throne in Europe, and the oldest continual flushing toilet!😲
    The original drinking supply was natural Springs which are still the major water source for Heraklion today
    150,000 tonnes of olive oil are exported from Crete annually. This is their main export, and also 95,000 tonnes of wine.
    .. Back to City centre to the archaeological museum to see the jewellery, pottery, frescoes etc that were found at the palace of Knossos and the 3 other Minoan palaces. The museum is built on top of a Venetian monastery from 15th century, the Venetians controlled Crete from 1204-1669AD and there are remains of many buildings , castles and City walls from this era The Turks took over and held control of Crete from 1669-1898 After that it was a separate state until 1913 when it became part of Greece again.
    We walked the city of Heraklion, including the Venetian sea fortress.
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  • Day8

    Ephesus

    June 23, 2016 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    We were all blown away with the ancient ruins of Ephesus. This city, once a port but now 6 miles from the sea, was a prospering metropolis of more than 250000. Archaeologists have only excavated about 1/4 of the city. Walking through the marble lined streets & grand terrace houses really gives you a feel of what in might have been like in the 1st century.Read more

  • Day8

    Kusadasi

    June 23, 2016 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

    Our taxi driver was waiting & gave us a running commentary of the sights & life of Turkey as we drove back to the town. Clearly he was very proud of his country.
    We split up as the girls did a little shopping and enjoyed a drink at The Cafe Center Restaurant in the market. We cast off from Kusadasi with our last sail-away of the trip.Read more

  • Day21

    Day 18 Biblelands trip

    October 1 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Day 18 We plan to visit the sites of the 7 churches of Asia minor now called Anatolia) mentioned in Revelation, so on the bus we read Rev1.
    First we drove to SARDIS.. Rev 3 "To the angel in the church at Sardis write.. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up and strengthen the things that remain.... the one who conquers will be clothed in white.. and I will never blot out his name from the book of life"
    Some very impressive gymnasium and synagogue ruins, and the Temple of Artemis. (In other news.. the yummiest dried figs I've ever tasted😍).. This was clearly a wealthy community, gold mining and the origin of the coin was in this area..but perhaps it was all for show as is suggested in Rev 3.
    PHILADELPHIA... Rev 3 "To the angel in the church in Philadelphia write.. You have kept my word and have not denied my name..I will keep you from the hour of trial.. hold fast..I will write on them a new name.."
    Not a lot remains of the early church here, a modern city is built on the site. All that's left of the original city are a few ruins, but we saw 2 huge sides of a massive arch from St John's church built in the 6th century AD. The rest of the stones have been repurposed to build the modern city 😢 We sampled some delicious local sultana grapes

    We then drove to Hierapolis.. (mentioned in Colossians 4:12.. Laodicea, Hierapolus and Colossae) This is an extensive ruin site, with the best preserved theatre in Turkey, where 95% of the seats are original. It's occasionally used today for performances. Right near here is Pamakkule..2 types of thermal springs.. The most well known are the White formations because of the calcium carbonate in the hot water(34°)(there is another pool with sulphur that is a hot spring 30°all year round) We walked on the White formations and waded in the warm pools
    Next we drove to LAODICEA Rev 3 "To the angel in the church of Laodicea write.. you are neither hot nor cold.. You are luke warm..I am about to spew you out.. you say you are rich and have need of nothing...you are blind.. put salve on your eyes so you can see.. Repent.."
    Here, instead of grapes there are fields of cotton, as this area is known for its textiles. Also in Bible times for its medical Centre.. particularly its eye salve. From here we can see the hot springs of Pamakkule and there are also mountains here with cold water from the snow.. they had everything they would've wanted here..a fertile area..perhaps this is why they were coasting along, in need of nothing, not thinking they needed God..neither hot nor cold, but luke warm. An analogy they would have well understood, along with the blindness/eye salve analogy
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Kuşadası, Kusadasi, Кушадасъ, کوش‌آداسی, クシャダス, 쿠샤다스, Къушадасы, Кушадасы, Кушадаси, 庫沙達瑟

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