Following a spur of the moment purchase to flee Cappadocia, Ty and myself split from the pack and made our way to Ephesus, by the way of the Izmir airport. It was a one hour flight and ~$75 to buy a ticket the day before. This certainly made a spur of the moment purchase much easier. Upon landing in Izmir, we took an hour cab ride to our hostel which was situated quite close to the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Too late to secure a guided tour we decided to take a cab to the House of the Virgin Mary, the cab waited for 5-10 minutes and then took us on our way to the city of Ephesus where we did our own walking tour through the ruins.
All in all it takes roughly 90 minutes to walk through and appreciate the grounds of Ephesus. It is the largest Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean, and they are still in the midst of doing more work now to restore the city, with roughly 15% of the city currently excavated. One of the more impressive buildings is the Library of Celsus, finished in 120 AD
For those that want in depth information about the ruins, you can check out the Wikipedia article, as it might bore you to have me copy and paste information. Especially since I didn’t get a guided tour, therefore any information I have is readily available to anyone.
On the fence about taking a day trip to Pamukkale, I decided to bite the bullet and take a trip from the hostel. It’s roughly 3 hours from where we stayed in Selcuk via car, so it’s a full day. I didn’t get to see Waiotapu in NZ, so I figured since I had the time I should see this natural wonder. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed by the calcium carbonate shelves that have formed over thousands of years, but a 6 hour round trip was a little too much for me, in return for 10-15 minutes of photos. I’d save the money on this trip unless you have tons of time, they were nice, but by no means an epic sight to see in my opinion.