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Another incredible ruin

We left Antalya this morning and drove several hours to Afrodisias. This area was settled as early as 5000 BC. By the 3rd century BC it was the capitol of the Roman province of Caria. It was eventually abandon in the 12th century. It is a huge site with some special parts. There has been ongoing reconstruction which is really impressive. There is a stadium that is incredibly long. It was used for chariot races and was the site of an Olympic games. Later the Romans walled off a smaller end for gladiator fights. The stadium seated 30 thousand! There were incredible numbers of friezes on all the building and columns everywhere. Incredible place. The museum was full of statues and friezes found on the site right where they fell. It was really hot but there was occasional shade. We went to lunch at a really lovely place. The bathrooms throughout the trip have varied a lot but this was the most beautiful bathroom I encountered. I don't normally take pictures of a bathroom but I did this one. After lunch we drove a few more hours to Kusadasi on the coast. Again, Paul and Diana are in a different hotel. I think I got the best place. It is a big modern hotel right on the water. My room looks out on the Aegean Sea and I have a nice deck with chairs. The swimming pool is gorgeous. I went for a swim and it was heavenly. It would have been nice to swim in the Aegean but it is high tide and the sea is a bit rough. I went down for dinner and was impressed with the food. It was great. I didn't even mind eating alone since I could sit outside and watch the sun set. I wish I could stay one more night but tomorrow night I have to fly up to the Istanbul airport and stay in a hotel close by since my first flight back leaves at 7am.

Stadium at Afrodisias

Stadium at Afrodisias


Main entrance to Afrodisias

Main entrance to Afrodisias


Aphrodite

Aphrodite


My hotel in Kusadasi

My hotel in Kusadasi

Posted by adventuregirl88 16:00 Archived in Turkey

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