One Hot Day

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  1. Joanne says:

    Speaking as a person who would have excavated Roanoke if the dice had rolled another way, WOW1

  2. lime says:

    all i can do is gasp at the good fortune of your private tour. wow….just wow. and i think this is one greek who might have gone all turkish and kissed a mosaic or two, at the very least i may have fondled them salaciously.

  3. Bijoux says:

    What an amazing experience. I think being an archeologist would be in my top 5 career choices if I never had to worry about money.

  4. Pearl says:

    Holy cow. I got chills. The walls! The floors! And yes, the mosaics!!

    Thank you. That was absolutely gorgeous.

    Pearl

  5. Lil says:

    Lovely lovely… but all I can think about is: HEAT!!!

  6. I know you were stressing the heat here, but current events surrounding Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly had me thinking of Santa as a swarthy Turk. I can only imagine how delighted you were to hit that beach.

  7. kmkat says:

    Oh. What to say? Those ruins are unbelievable. I could look at them for hours (unless the temps were hotHOT, then I would run for shade). The mosaics look very much like those of Pompeii — contemporaneous?

    You will be amused to know my first thought upon reading of the mysterious Turk who beckoned you to follow him off the path was that he was a rapist/murderer/nogoodnik who was going to rob you and cut you up into little pieces and feed you to the dogs. This is the way the mind of a serious murder mystery reader thinks.

    Another thought: if you guys were dying of the heat in your shorts and sandals and tank tops, how did those Muslim women stand it in their long pants and sweaters and headscarves? The mind boggles.

    One more thought: your friend Kirsten in that second photo looks as sad and bedraggled as any person I have ever seen. I feel her pain.

  8. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    It’s like you’re living out a Dan Brown book–swept away with a mysterious Turk into the inner sanctum. You are my hero.

  9. chlost says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing the personal illicit tour. I hope to someday make my way to Turkey, but none of my fellow travelers is as interested as I am in the hot, dry OLD area. Someday. Hopefully, I may also have a personal tour guide.

  10. sweffling says:

    Walking in the footsteps of the ancients! I was lucky enough to visit Ephesus in the 1980s but I am sure things have changed a lot since then at the excavations. Your private tour looks so special and thank you so much for the photographs. What an experience:)

  11. ds says:

    Oh, Oh, Oh,!!! I am warmed by your beautiful illicit tour, and deeply touched by the marble inlays, mosaics, even the walls. Magnificent. Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope the making of this kept you warm as well (stay snug despite your deep freeze; been thinking of you).

  12. pia says:

    I wouldn’t have had the nerve to take the private tour and probably insulted the man in a million ways I didn’t mean. This is a wonderful story!

    I have a shoe box (for shining shoes) from Turkey. Long story. It’s one of my prized parental acquisitions.

  13. Maria says:

    I’ve never been to Turkey and have never really had the desire to go. But, I think it is so cool that a guide singled you out and showed you some out of the way things to peruse. He must have seen your gypsy eyes and known that you could be trusted to appreciate them.

  14. I went to those ruins! And also Kusadasi to step in the water, since I try to at least get my feet in every major body of water I encounter. It was in May and way too cool for swimming, though.

  15. This is a fantastic post, combining, as it does, the history of the place and the anecdotal. I would have loved to walk amongst those ruins, but despite having born an raised in a hot country, I avoid high temperatures! 🙂

    Greetings from London.

  16. Bone says:

    Amazing! So much history! I, too, have always viewed archaeology as something I think I could dig 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing (story and pictures).

  17. Meg says:

    I have always wanted to be an archeologist when I grow up; I have a major fascination with all things ancient. I would have been right there with you on the illicit, behind the scenes tour! I love that the mysterious Turk saw a sense of adventure or perhaps an appreciation in you, such that he felt you were worthy of more than the standard tourist path allowed. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

  18. Jenny Woolf says:

    Tremendous atmosphere in this piece. The exciting thing about the excavations, from your pictures, is that so much of the decoration survives. I believe that some archaeological purists say you shouldnt reconstruct, but I found the Minoan reconstructions on Crete among the most memorable I had visited, as well as the extraordinary atmosphere of Palmyra, now sadly off limits for the forseeable future.

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