Our wonderful guide, Mehmet, picked us up at our hotel at 9AM, and drove us through the rolling hills and olive groves of the Selcuk region towards Ephesus . Along the way, he introduced us to the sites we were about to visit and we chatted about life in Turkey: ancient and modern alike.
So, by this time I was thinking: wow, look how thought through this all was! Where did all the people go? Why didn't this city continue to prosper? Unfortunately, this site seems to have had it's share of bad luck. In ancient times, this city used to have its own port; gradually, the sea level dropped, and today Ephesus is almost 10 km away from the Aegean. Lack of access to sea trade routes and water supply took a toll on the city.