The only way to truly experience Turkey beyond Istanbul is to rent a car and see where the road takes you. From the Mediterranean in the South on up to the Aegean in the West, week two was the ultimate adventure: driving along the Lycian Way, making pit stops in the most charming port towns, imagining the lives that once occupied the ancient city of Ephesus and the many fascinating ruins, swimming in the warmest, saltiest and most pristine waters, standing dumbfounded in front of the eternal fires of Chimera, hopping on boats to explore multiple secluded beaches . . . and admitting that I might have gone a bit overboard with the kilim and ceramic purchases. Next stop, Greece!
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