—6 May 2012—
I woke up with the first symptoms of a cold. Rats!
Ephesus was our last NCL tour. Sam (Semih) was our guide on bus 29. There were 600+ on our tour! We drove about an hour with one quick stop at a rest area for potties. There were, of course, lots of vendors hoping to make a sale between the bus and the bathrooms. Sam guided us through the ruins with historical commentary.
As many times before on this trip, I pondered how they know what they know, as you can rarely tell what’s what (structure, statue, intended purpose) among the ruins by looking. There was a hokey Caesar/Cleopatra/Marc Antony play toward the end.
We returned to Izmir via a leather shop. Prices were ridiculously high; I think one of our group ( a man), bought a jacket. All buses rolled up to the ship with 10 minutes or less to spare.
I cleaned up and we went to the Cruise Critic meet up. We left there and headed for an excellent one-man musical review at the Stardust Theater. The show ended about 8:30 and we stopped at Shogun for Asian fare. Restaurant was freezing! Back in our room, I went straight to bed with my sore throat. 😦