I often post photos of being outdoors in the mountains when hillwalking, but here are a few different photos of the great outdoors, discovering new places and ancient monuments.

The ancient city of Ephesus

The ancient city of Ephesus

Sometimes it is hard to avoid crowds in places of great beauty and historical interest.

Crowds in Venice

Crowds in Venice

But sometimes the place is so beautiful that you ignore the crowds (and the scaffolding!), and the queues to get inside.

St Marks Square, Venice

But I think I still prefer to be in the outdoors with nature.

Resting from a hike

Resting from a hike

Check out Ailsa’s page for more Outdoorsy photos.


Ephesus at a Glance

Recently I was lucky enough to go on a guided tour of Ephesus, outside Kusadasi in Turkey.   Our guide was very experienced and had lots of  knowledge of the area.    We were among hundreds of tours being guided around the site, and the different tour guides all did a great job keeping their charges in tow, and not losing anybody during the melee.

Ephesus is one of the best preserved cities of ancient time.  It was founded as a Greek colony over 3000 years ago, then became a thriving regional capital of the Roman Empire, and an important centre of early Christianity.   St. Paul is said to have lived here, St. John to have written his gospel here,  and the Virgin Mary is said to have lived here in her old age.    There is also a very large theatre, where gladiators fought other gladiators and entertained audiences during the Roman Empire.   There is a lot of excavation still going on,with archeologists working hard to unearth all the ancient treasures.

We saw so many interesting ruins, a huge Roman Theater, the Library of Celsus, The Temple of Artemis, and we walked on the Arcadian Way, or Arcadian Street.   This is what went on there 3000 years ago:

This street is situated between the Harbour Baths and the great theatre. Entering from the port, traders and sailors would first arrive in this street. So it was designed gorgeous with marbel slabs and colonnades. It was constructed in the Hellenistic Period, but then was restored during the reign of the Emperor Arcadius (395-408 AD.), from whom it takes its present name.

The street was 530 meters long and 11 meters wide, and on both sides of the street there were shops and galleries, and gates in the form of monumental arches. There were four higher columns with the statues of four apostles on the top.

Strolling on the Arcadian Way

Strolling on the Arcadian Way

Imagine, we walked on streets that have been there since the beginning of time, and have been walked on by so many people that have created history.

If you would like to read more about this ancient site, have a look at this site

Wordless Wednesday : Are We Too Late for the Theater?

Ruins of the Roman Theatre in Ephesus, Turkey

Ruins of the Roman Theater in Ephesus, Turkey

A Photo A Week Challenge : Off Centre

The challenge this week from Nancy at Nancy Merrill Photography is to show some photos that are off centre, here are a few of mine, which were taken in Venice, Italy and Ephesus in Turkey.    Both places are so breath-taking and interesting, and have many photo opportunities everywhere one looks.

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A view of Venice and its many spires

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Poppies growing on a barren dusty corner

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Enjoying the shade and watching the tourists, Ephesus, Turkey

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St. Mark’s Square, Venice


Terrific Tuesday Trials : Candid Capture

The fun part of photography is when you catch your subject unaware

I was able to take a lot of candid photos when we went on a tour of Ephesus in Turkey recently, as everyone was so busy looking at the ruins, listening to the guide, and taking their own photos, that they were completely unaware that they were being photographed themselves.

Head on over to Preeti at Lenz Experiments to see some more Candid Captures, she will be delighted to see you.

New Life Among the Old Ruins

On a visit to Turkey, we went on a tour of Ancient Ephesus, where there are incredible Greek and Roman ruins.   Ephesus was founded over 3000 years ago, and it was a major trading capital of the Roman Empire.  Hidden among the ruins, in the dry and dusty heat, despite all the thousands and thousands that walk this way each week, this little plant brought a welcome touch of colour to the old stones.


Red Poppies growing in the rocks


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