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Turkey: Kusadasi

And also a trip to Pamukkale and Ankara

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After Kusadasi, and because I was going to Ankara in order to catch the train to Tehran, I took the opportunity to visit Pamukkale, one of Turkey's tourist drawcards. To get there, I opted for going back to Selçuk by dolmus and then take the train do Denizli (from where I took another dolmus to Pamukkale). All 3 rides cost me about 7€.
Pamukkale's village is very ugly in itself. It offers many options in terms of both accomodation and food, but everything is touristy and lacks the warmth of other destinations.
Hierapolis, on the other hand, is a must go. Although not cheap (entrance fee for the park costs 25 TL), it has certainly many things to offer to each visitor. The travertines are amazing (you can take your swimming suit and enjoy the hot waters) and the roman city is huge and well preserved (it helps that many locations are being "rebuilt").
It was a day well spent (I walked there at least 6 hours) and then I took the bus to Ankara, from which I don't have that much to say. Confusing, huge and lacking some charm. Although it may an interesting place to visit, because of its many cultural spots (such as museums). Worth visiting is the Atatürk's Mausuleum (free entrance).

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Turkey: Efes

The ancient city of Ephesus

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Ephesus, as one of the historical places in Turkey, is definetely a place you should consider going. I stayed for a night in Selçuk, a quiet little town easily accessible by train from Izmir and a nice base to explore the region. You can also reach it by bus and by dolmus (minivan) from places like Kusadasi (which I visited on the following day). From my pension, I walked to the ruins of St. John's Basilica. The ticket costs 10 TL and also allows you to visit Selçul castle. The basilica was built around the 6th century on the place where John (the so called Jesus favorite disciple) lived and wrote the gospel and the apocalypse. On the site the is a supposed tomb of his. As to the castle, is served as a base for the travellers and merchants during the middle ages. Here they were welcome and given all the best so they would return with their businesses.
After visiting the area, and after a dürüm for lunch, I headed to Efes. It is quite a walk, so if you want to save your legs you can catch a taxi or dolmus there. The historical site is one of Tukish most known and is really big and gives you a very detailed notion of an ancient roman city (although a bit expensive - 30 lira), I would recommend it to all ruin lovers :-)
If the weather is good, take the 30 min trip to Kusadasi, which I did. Nice beaches and lots of pubs, restaurants and hotels from every taste make this a common destination for foreign tourists (the city is also a cruise ship destination so is frequent to see a cruise ship in the harbour).

Next stop: Pamukkale

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Turkey: Izmir

The metropolis by the sea

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I just left Izmir. The city transmits a feeling of the modern mixed with the old. I recommend it.

After a quite comfortable ride on the bus from Istanbul, although long enough to numb my muscles (around 9 hours, 65-80 turkish liras), I arrived in the dawn to Izmir. A bit disoriented, it took me a while to understand how to get to the city center. Finally, I hopped on a bus towards a more central location (the driver was nice enough to let me ride without a ticket). I wandered throughout the empty and still asleep streets and rested in the park, where I talked a bit with a turkish fellow. After checking in into the hostel, I visited the bazaar, as well as the whole shopping district (which is huge). A place where you can buy almost anything.

Other touristic sights in Izmir include the Agora, a piece of Roman legacy in the city and the symbol of the city - the clock tower. If the weather is good (a common thing in Izmir, from what I've read), you can have a walk by the sea or catch the boat to the other side of the bay (2 liras). I tried some turkish food and I must say that Turkey has one of the best street food I've tried!

I'm on my way to Selçuk, from where I'll be visiting Efephesus.

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Late updates

It's been a while since I've posted here on the blog.
That doesn't mean I haven't been travelling, it's just that I've been lazy :-) so my apologies
May was the time for a week vacationing in pretty Belgium. Brugge has left me quite stunned and Antwerp and Brussels both had something to offer as well. Also in May, I went to visit a friend in Birmingham, city which I hadn't visited before. It is pretty in its own way, with a walk along its canals as must-do.
Later, in June, was the time for the yearly visit to the Azores, one of Portugal's wonders (I'll post some photos later).
My girlfriend suggested that we visit Genova (where she lived for a few months) to visit friends and savour italian food, so I accepted her suggestion with much enthusiasm. We had lovely weather, and lots of fun.
As to the present, I am on my way to Izmir, where I'll start a few weeks journey through Turkey, Iran (and maybe Armenia and Georgia too). I'll be updating the blog on a more regular basis.

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Back to Dublin

The Guinness tour

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I'd enjoyed my previous trip to Dublin, so upon receiving a new invitation from my friend who lives there, I decided to buy a couple of tickets (for me and my girlfriend) and go visit him and this lovely city for the weekend.
My friend works at the Google office (as do many people in Dublin), so he took us the visit his workplace. These folks really know how to create a great working environment!
We were lucky with the weather, as it was really sunny for 2 out of 3 days we were in Dublin.
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The city has many things to offer to its visitors. We went to the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology (with free entrance), a beautiful building which contains an exhibition of some of Ireland's archaeological treasures and to the Trinity College, where some of the teachers were giving very interesting speeches about what the University has to offer.
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A trip to Dublin wouldn't be complete without a proper pint of Guinness. So, we decided to visit St. James Gate, Guinness original brewery and now a big museum. The ticket was quite expensive, but is nice museum if you like Guinness and want to learn a bit more about it (and they give you a "free" pint).
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Next day, between shopping and sightseeing, me and my friend went to try a proper pint of Guinness at Mulligan's, one of the city's oldest pubs. Although it was too early in the day, some of the regulars where already arriving for a drink.
In the afternoon, we still had time to take a train to Bray and climb the hill for a short walk, enjoying the nice view.
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After returning to Dublin, we went to grab a bite, at one of the Burger places (of course, after another pint of Guinness :) ) and enjoy our last night in Ireland.

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