With our brand new Muzee Karts (membership cards good for a year to any of the museums in Turkey) in our hands, we decided to take advantage of the cooler weather, and venture on a road trip to the western part of Turkey. IMHO, the best time to visit most of the ruins is in the winter. Less crowds, beautiful photo ops, and a serene calming atmosphere. The first stop on our road trip adventure was the surprisingly well-preserved Aphrodisias, just past the village of Geyre. As it happened to be Christmas Day, the ancient site took on a special meaning for us. From the moment we entered the site, we were facing beautiful friezes, and the well-restored Sebasteion. As we walked further, we entered the center of the city, and the Temple of Aphrodite. It is here, you start to imagine the expanse of the city, and understand it's tragic history. As time was limited (we had a 6 hour drive ahead of us to Pergamon), we only allowed ourselves 2 hours to visit the ruins. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough time to read all the inscriptions, or fully inspect the bas reliefs. Previously, we've visited Hieropolis in Pamukkale, and Ephesus in Selcuk, but both of these paled compared to the awe-inspiring site of Afrodisias.
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