28th February 2016

It has been another lovely week weatherwise – the almond trees are in blossom and it has been warm and sunny.

We decided on the spur of the moment, to take ourselves away for a couple of days to Ephesus, one of the major archaeological sites in this part of Turkey.

We had a good four hour drive over to the town of Selcuk, where we stayed at the Ayasoluk Hotel.   This has recently been renovated and we had a very warm welcome when we arrived.   The staff were all very friendly and the standard of accommodation was very good.   A great range of hot or cold breakfast buffet set us up for the day and dinner was excellent.    Have a look at www.ayasolukhotel.com for pictures if you are interested.

I first visited Ephesus in 1984 and again in 1992 so I was looking forward to seeing the changes made since then.   The major difference is the excavation of the terraced houses (photo 1-3) which was absolutely fascinating.  The standard of comfort provided 2,000 years ago is unbelievable and the wall paintings are in amazing condition.

It is strange that on previous visits I believed this site was one of the most magnificent I had ever visited.   Whilst it is still extremely impressive, I have now had the chance to visit many other sites in Turkey, some of which I now think are just as amazing.    Strange how your views alter when you have new experiences.

The bowling alley in Gocek opens again next week, thank goodness.   We have really missed it over the last two months.   Welcome back Switch.