Back on the road we travelled across wide valleys with mountains on either side of us. Still all the land was farmed with the cereal crops, vines, olives and market gardening. Beautiful blood-red poppies lined the road. After what seemed liked endless driving we finally reached Epheseus, one of the greatest ruined cities in the western world. A Greek city was built here in about 1000 BC. The city that we saw was founded by Alexander the Great's successor, Lysimachus. Under the Romans Epheseus became the chief port of the Aegean until it silted up. It is an important site in Christianity as it is said that the Virgin Mary spent her last days nearby and that St. John the Evangelist came from Patmos to look after her. Both Christians and Muslims come to visit the shrine, her old stone house.
I really liked the Insciptorium, a storage area for thousands of inscribed stone blocks. While many were grave memorials, others were legal pronouncements, such as one declaring that "sacrilegiousness is punishable by death." There were many of these stones on display. It certainly gives new meaning to "take a letter."
Back on the road again we stopped at a leather factory to drink the obligatory tea and watch a very high-end leather fashion show with wonderful colourful, very stylish jackets. At the end we were invited in to the showroom to try on the jackets. The leather was very soft but with the cheapest jacket selling for about 600€ it was too rich for us. We were very glad to escape outside without undergoing a hard sell. There were a few people who made the mistake of actually trying on the jackets. They had very relieved looks on their faces when they managed to escape outside. Undaunted some of the sales people followed them with new jackets to try on.