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Ephesus - zoom in (+) to see the ruins
We have gotten more into the nitty and gritty of our itinerary. We have been looking at our time in the along the Aegean Sea in Western Turkey. We will have a car and we plan to explore the ruins in the area. The main attraction is Ephesus. But we also want to explore some of the small ruins of Didyma, Priene, Miletus and farther inland Aphrodisias. The drive to Aphrodisias will be a long. Most of the estimates say it is between 3 and 3 1/2 hours. But the ruins look stunning. We looked over the route in Google and it is mostly along a valley floor. We also want to do some plant exploring although we probably won't have time but if we do we'll try a few of the roads up from Nazilli. We have been looking at the photos in this album and got some ideas. It will just be if we have time (or can get up early).
We wondered about the price of gas and got a rude awaking. According to Wikipedia, it is one of the most expensive places in Europe. It is more expensive than Italy and UK and only the Netherlands come close. We have heard that there are not a lot of cars on the road - no wonder with the price of gas around 2.64 per liter. That makes it $10.00/gallon!!! It may cost $25 in gas to get to Aphrodisias one way according to Via Michelin. Yazzaa!