Roman remains

795f – Ephesus

20 Sep , 2017  

Ephesus

Wednesday 20th September is a prompt start with a lovely breakfast at 7.30am. We then drive the short distance to Ephesus to start exploring the site before 9.0am while it is still cool and before coach parties arrive. There are coach parties but these start from the upper entrance and there aren’t too many of […]

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Roman remains

795c – Izmir (Smyrna) Agora

18 Sep , 2017  

Izmir Agora

Monday 18th September is an even hotter day, in the late 30s. After an excellent breakfast we set off to explore the southern part of the city heading to the Agora first. We buy our Aegean Museum Passes from a very helpful attendant (they are 75TL each for a week, excellent value) who also gives […]

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Other historic building, Roman remains

767k – Selge

25 Sep , 2016  

Selge

We drive through the Koprulu Canyon National Park which forms part of the Taurus mountains; the route has steep sides with a popular rafting river running through the bottom of the canyon. We cross a narrow bridge over the canyon, stopping briefly to enjoy the views. We then continue ascending a steep winding road to reach […]

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Other historic building, Roman remains

767j – Aspendos

25 Sep , 2016  

Aspendos

Sunday 25th September is yet another hot day (+30 c). Breakfast is even more of a banquet provided by the female help (from Georgia we learn). We have a day exploring the surrounding area in our hire car starting with Aspendos located half way between Antalya and Side. This is another city founded in the 5th […]

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Museum, Other historic building, Roman remains

767i – Side Museum

24 Sep , 2016  

Side Museum

The town’s museum is in the large Agora baths complex. Again, use our Turkey Museum passes to get in for “free” (well, prepaid) and yet again have the place virtually to ourselves. There are finds from Side are on display including statues, sarcophagi, coins, glassware and jewellery. These are well displayed and just enough items […]

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Other historic building, Roman remains

767h – Side Theatre

24 Sep , 2016  

Side Theatre

Saturday 24th September is a hot day again. After a good breakfast served to us in the courtyard, we spend the day exploring Side heading to the theatre first. We use our Turkey museum passes to gain entrance. This is the most impressive of the Roman period remains in the town. The seating areas are […]

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Other historic building, Roman remains

767g – Perge

23 Sep , 2016  

Perge

We leave on Friday 23rd after a lovely breakfast and saying farewell to the owner (super place, plan to return). We take the picturesque route back towards Antalya driving through the Kovada Milli National Park with steep valley sides, mountains, trees and a winding road, very dramatic. Just outside Antalya we stop off at Perge. […]

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Other historic building, Roman remains

767c – Sagalassos

20 Sep , 2016  

Sagalassos

On Tuesday 20th September we say goodbye to the White Garden which we have enjoyed a great deal (lovely staff and excellent food), taking a taxi back to the airport. We have a mix up with the directions to collect the hire car (go to the International terminal instead of the domestic), but we eventually […]

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Roman remains

737a – Caerleon Roman Fortress

18 Dec , 2015  

Roman barracks, Caerleon

Alex meets me outside the Ibis hotel at 9.0am the next day. It is a thankfully dry day, cloudy but very mild for the time of year. We enjoy a walk around Newport (new shopping complex recently opened and walk along the River Usk) and a cooked vegetarian breakfast at the Wetherspoons. After saying goodbye […]

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Roman remains

730x – Salamis

7 Oct , 2015  

Salamis

Wednesday 7th October is a bit cloudier and we even get a spot of rain in the afternoon. After the usual breakfast we drive about 8km north to Salamis to see the extensive remains of the ancient city, much of what remains dating from the Roman and Byzantine periods. There are few people at the […]

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