Thursday, December 31, 2015

Day 3 @ Hippo x Turkey < Ephesus . Pamukkale >

Weather in Turkey changed pretty fast from day to day.
Third day was pretty warm compared to the second day.
No kidding with the sunny day in Turkey although it consider as winter session, my face became so tan after the trip. #sobsobsob
It took me at least 3 weeks to get back my lost fair skin complexion!
So, be prepared with all your sunscreen travel kits whenever travelling even during the winter months! #bigsigh



Look at the clear blue sky with no clouds at all.
The lucky thing is the sunny weather in Turkey didn't make you feel sticky like in Malaysia even if you stayed outside the whole day.



Welcome to Ephesus!
Half day tour in Ephesus was a very good opportunity to have an idea of the daily life of the ancient habitants in the Ephesus City.
Although all buildings that left over from the Roman Era have been destroyed, but trust me, it's worth it! I even told my friends that Ephesus is one of the place that I want to revisit again.



The first collection right after the entrance is the layout of the roman bath, Varius Baths of Ephesus.
It was the largest public bath in Ephesus, which built with marbles.
It consisted of three sections: cold water, warm water and hot water as you can see them in three different columns on the picture.



The auditorium that situated behind me is the Odeion of Ephesus.
It's a small theater or you can said it is a concert hall which has the stage building, seating places and the orchestra.



Basilica of Ephesus was the street that the habitants used for stock exchange and commercial business in the Roman era.

 

The Prytaneion of Ephesus was an administrative building which they used as administrative offices and also as dining rooms for the official visitors in the ancient times.
Mete, our local tour guide said that it supposed to have total 8 columns at the front side, yet only 2 columns were survived till now.



Although the Domitian Temple of Ephesus is not one of the main attractions in the city, but would be good to take a look at this ancient temple and use your imagination with all the left over pieces.



The unique statue of Winged Angle of Victory of Ephesus was located just next to the Domitian Temple, and also before you walked down to the Curetes Street.



Along the Curetes Street of Ephesus, you will find different buildings on both left and right sides, such as the temples, fountains, homes, stores, statues and so on.



One of the funny thing to see at the Ephesus is the Latrina of Ephesus.
It is the public toilets of Ephesus which arranged side by side, without any partition between them.



This is the Trajan Fountain of Ephesus, which consider a well-preserved structure in the city.



I was standing in the middle of the Curetes Street of Ephesus, one of the main street you must pass by in the city before you come into the main attraction of the Library Celsius.



I was in a shock when this real beautiful building appear right in front of me.
The Library Celsius of Ephesus was one of the largest library in the ancient world.
To be honest, it is so difficult to explain how could all these buildings can be achieved by the ancient people in the ancient times! #admire



You can access into the building through some stairs.
And, this picture was taken while I was standing at the middle door of the library; whereby there are total 3 main doors in the building.



Find the 4 statues which located outside the library, and this is one of the four statue which obviously already been destroyed. #hehe



On the way out, there is another main street of the city which you will see many uneven marble blocks on the street.
They named this street as the Marble Street of Ephesus.



Do not forget to check out the interesting carving on the pavement of the street with a woman, a heart and a left foot.
This is considered the oldest advertisement as a message to direct the sailors to the brothel.





The Great Theater of Ephesus, will be seen at the end of the tour.
This super large theater can hold up to 25,000 audiences in total.
It's a breathtaking piece that left over from the Roman history, and it's so good to see the theater is still in a great shape and been maintained well.
There is a stair to go up to the theater where you allow to walk around the seats.
Too bad we didn't do it because our tour guide was rushing us to get to the next destination.
I think this would be a good reason to go back again!

I really have so much to share about the Ephesus city!
It's was such a beautiful experience to see all the buildings and structures and use your imagination to understand the histories and what life was like in the old time after so many decades!
Indeed, well worth it!



After Ephesus, we took 3 hours drive to our second destination, Pamukkale.
We arrived there in the late afternoon, yet you can see the weather was still warm with bright sunshine.



You will find the stunning views everywhere in Pamukkale.
It is also named as a cotton castle in Turkey as the province was surrounded with white and cottony scenery.
If you come to Turkey, this is one of the most important highlights of Turkey that you would not missed!
It's really beautiful and impressive!



This white little cascades was formed by hot mineral springs water, which falling from the mountain and leaving white when evaporating. 
Therefore, some people may call it as spa town since the Roman era.


People who come here can relax in the warm and soothing waters from the snow-like pool. 
So it is important to wear something comfortable as you could walk along the pool side with your naked foot.
Besides, you will have to fold your pants up if you want to soak your feet in the spring waters.


I didn't invite my dad and mum to walk the thermal pool with me, because it was a bit slippery and dangerous for them.
You have to be extra careful with your steps because the rocks and stones were very uneven underfoot. 


 

Believe it not?! Pamukkale spring waters were said to have healing properties for the sick people or people who have skin problems.
I was really hope that it will help my skin problem on my feet, but I bet the 20 minutes won't make the difference. #lol 





Beautiful + stunning + amazing natural phenomenon, isn't it?!



Pamukkale is absolutely a very unique place that worth a visit!
I promise you definitely won't regret for visiting this beautiful place!



That's it for my third day in Turkey.
Thanks for reading my write up and I hope you will stay tuned for my next blog post! :)



Today's outfit sharing is:
Top: Korea
Wide leg pleated pant: TaoBao website
Long cardigan: Hong Kong

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