Last week, I had the opportunity to tour some ancient sites in Turkey with my grade five students. We visited St. Jean’s Church, Artemis Temple, Ephesus (including the Terrace Houses) and Priene.
As I move and travel around the world, it’s really impossible not to learn about myself. For instance, it’s important for me to get a feel of a person, place, or situation to learn, rules/laws that don’t make sense are very difficult for me to follow, I have fashion ADD, I want to learn to speak French fluently and make chairs, I hate that I am not book smart and can’t play a musical instrument, I am a loyal friend, and I really, really, really want a dog.
Out of all of the places we visited, Priene was my favorite – no crowds. For instance, at the Virgin Mary’s house, there is this amazing prayer wall. However, with so many people milling around, any sense of the place is kind of lost on me. Too much people energy. However, it was almost empty in Priene. I was able to steal a couple of moments to myself, feel the breeze, and just enjoy being there.
Turkey is an amazing country with a ridiculous amount of history. It’s not perfect (don’t get me started on the mobile phone rules… pure nonsense and blatant money grab), but for the moment, it suits me. Plus, I can wear my coats and boots here!
I agree with you about the crowds. You can’t lose yourself and absorb the “feel” of a place.
If only those walls could talk — what stories they could tell.
Awesome photos! Beautiful, Claire 🙂
Glad you got a picture of my favorites – the Roman mosaic sidewalks.