18th March 2016
There was the inevitable confusion that accompanies leaving your boat in somebody else’s hands to do work on it, decisions over the phone ranged from ” we need to go back to Fethiye ” to ” no, it’s OK, we can continue with our trip” discussions were varied and opinions exchanged, after exhaustive explanations about a treatment which our boat has that yacht companies over here are not familiar with and after some firm convincing from The Skipper that ” the copper coat does not need removing, the hull does not need re sanding and then we don’t need thousands of pounds worth of new anti foul putting back on ” the yacht management company believed us, and we could continue our trip without detouring back to Fethiye to hold their hand through the procedure!
Steady On Jean was given a copper bottom a few years ago using a relatively new product back then, guaranteed to last ten years it took away the awful job of stripping and re antifouling the hull annually. It was a lot more expensive than normal anti foul, but is a brilliant invention and well worth the investment. It’s not that well known over here and obviously a contractor doesn’t want to just jet wash your hull down and drop you back in the water, they don’t make a lot of money on that, they want you to have the whole treatment. So a copper coated bottom is not a servicers dream, but it obviously is ours!
After some confusion it was finally decided that we were going to Ephesus.
The drive was fairly easy and Our plan for today was to see The Church Of St. John, Ephesus museum and then on to Ephesus City itself. What a foolish plan! The sites that are open to explore here are all HUGE!
Upon arriving in Seljuk-(the town outside Ephesus)-we stopped and visited the Ephesus museum.
There are many ancient artefacts in the museum, including large marble statues and many silver antiques. After half an hour in the museum, we walked up through the dusty village, stopped by the ISA Bey Mosque where we met the Iman and he delighted in telling us about his meeting with Prince Charles and Camilla when they had visited !
We then hiked up the cobbled street to the Basilica of St John and were quite merrily making our way through the heavily restored site when we were ambushed! By a tour guide!! Ok, so a word of warning, if you are ever visiting well known sites in Turkey and are approached by a guide make sure ( if you want to use him/ her ) that you clarify the price that you are going to pay, up front. This saves embarrassment at the end of the tour when your guide says something like ” but this is too small money!” Sometimes you acquire an eager guide even when you don’t want one, then it’s really tricky to politely get rid of them, so heed this warning well if you don’t want to get stiffed……… like we did!!
From the top of the castle, there is a beautiful view overlooking the the many orchards and fields.
Constructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as an apostle. The basilica is on the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill near the center of Selçuk, just below the fortress and about 3.5 km (2 miles) from Ephesus.
It is believed that the Apostle John traveled from Jerusalem with MARY Magdeline to continue Jesus’ teachings after his crucifixion. They visited other areas of the world in their work but both returned to the city of Ephesus where they remained for the rest of their lives. Mary was said to have gone to live in a beautiful wooded valley, not far from the main Ephesus city and John remained here at his church.
Part of Johns teachings came about when Emperor Domitian exiled him to the Isle of Patmos, where he wrote Revelation (the Apocalypse). When Nerva became emperor John was pardoned and returned to Ephesus to continue where St. Paul left off after he died. It is also believed St Paul lived in Ephesus, where he to wrote his gospel and why upon during his exile, he wrote his letters to the Ephesians.
After a long and tiring day, without even time to write and post this, we went to our hotel and slept, looking forward to be seeing the Roman metropolis of Ephesus tomorrow.