Ephesus in Motion

Words by Dalene Heck / Video by Dalene and Pete Heck

It’s not often we return to specific tourist attractions. If we’ve seen it once, that’s usually enough. But some are so startling and stunning on first appearance that a return visit is still highly anticipated.

Ephesus is such a place. Not knowing much about it before our visit last year, it provided one of those rare travel experiences that ignited our imagination of living in another place and time. Where goddesses were worshipped in temples, books of the bible were probably written, and an enormous library was erected to house over 12,000 ancient scrolls.

This time we wanted to bring this experience back to you in a new way, and so we let the video roll.

Place yourself there: Imagine strolling on marble streets made warm from the sun. Replace tourists and cameras with Greeks and then Romans, and crumbling facades with glorious shining marble.

And the kitties, well, don’t replace them with anything. They are the current monarchs of Ephesus (there are SO many of them!), and I like to believe they’ve been there all along.

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  • May 3 2013

    Great video. Need to work on my video production skills. And speaking of stray cats, I like to name them after gods of war from the local culture and things like that. There was a cat at the Minoan Palace on Crete that I named Theseus.

    • May 5 2013

      That is a great way to name them! (Come back for our next post all about the cats of Ephesus. I should reconsider the post and give them all names though… πŸ™‚ )

  • May 3 2013

    Beautiful! This is definitely on my “next time” list for Turkey. Especially to see all the kitties!! And, you know, the awesome ruins, too… πŸ˜‰
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    • May 5 2013

      The kitties are one of the best part of the ruins! It’s like two awesome things in one place. Can’t go wrong.

  • May 4 2013

    Love the time-lapsed video! What I love about Turkey is that it’s like a big open air museum – still with much to be discovered. Ephesus is definitely a place I’d visit again!
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    • May 5 2013

      And I love how free they are to let you roam around the ruins too, crawling all over the marble. It really helps you imagine being there when you can run your fingers over the carved lettering. πŸ™‚

  • Absolutely beautiful. I’m obsessed with all the kitties. Chris would have to talk me out of adopting them all!

    • May 5 2013

      Oh yeah, there was discussion about me becoming the crazy Ephesus cat lady and setting up a shack onsite. (Our Monday’s post will be all about the kitties, btw!)

  • May 4 2013

    I do the same thing at ancient sites… ponder. Who was here, what were they like, what did they do, etc… Fun video and love that opening sequence – rocks falling to reveal what’s beyond.
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    • May 5 2013

      Thanks Maria! I have to say that some ruins sites for me are less inspirational (I can get all ruined-out easily), but there is something pretty magical about Ephesus. I could spend days roaming, and still find something new every time.

  • May 4 2013

    Really lovely video guys…I had so many of these “back in time” feelings when in Greece for some months at the end of last year so really understand how you feel. You used superglue to keep the cat there the whole time or were you continually feeding him?!! πŸ™‚

    • May 5 2013

      Haha! There are cats EVERYWHERE at Ephesus, and this particular one was guarding the Library, I think. He didn’t move much. πŸ™‚

  • Emily in Chile
    May 4 2013

    I love it! Although I have to admit I think the lazy kitty might be my favorite part πŸ™‚

  • Great video! I loved Ephesus, but thought that the fake Roman battles that they put on were a little too much

    • May 5 2013

      Fake Roman battles?? That’s weird, we’ve been there twice and never seen that. Or maybe it’s only during the busy summer months? Both times we’ve been a little before the big tourist season. That would totally put me off too…

  • May 6 2013

    Your time lapse is gorgeous! This is definitely a site I’d like to see myself. πŸ™‚

  • I was really impressed by Ephesus too because I didn’t know the history and scale of it before I got there.

    • May 11 2013

      I think that’s better, right? To go into a place with no expectations or idea of the scale of it. Great chance to impress! πŸ™‚

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