Ephesus, Turkey

turkey honeymoon


It’s not the first country you necessarily think of when you think of Honeymoon destinations.  To be completely honest, I was more excited about GREECE and VENICE and the all inclusive restaurants on the CRUISE SHIP! I wasn’t excited about Turkey.  Sure, it’s fun to say that we’ve been there but I wasn’t expecting to be “wowed”.  Well, once again, my expectations were far exceeded! Turkey is GORGEOUS!! Oh my goodness! Think Mediterranean, warm, sunny, mountains, teal water and blue skies. WE LOVE TURKEY! We had an awesome tour guide that showed us around Ancient Ephesus and it blew our minds! The detail …

that is still in the stone of that city is amazing! ….. Like more amazing than Ancient GREECE! Yes, I said it. Michael and I were more impressed with Ephesus than any other stop on our cruise.  The coolest part about Ephesus is that it is STILL an active archeological dig. They are still uncovering this ancient city.  Only 25% of the city has been exposed.  It’s really incredible to walk through the main street of Ephesus and realize that Paul wrote the book of “Ephesians” to the people who lived there! Michael and I read Ephesians before we got off of the ship that day and it really made us realize how awesome this place really was! So enjoy some of the shots and if you’re ever near Turkey… you MUST stop by for a visit! It’s BEAUTIFUL!

There were a TON of cats running around EVERYWHERE! At least they’re cute… kinda. We’re not cat people.

Michael was practicing his lens flares:)

Those cylinders to the right are what they used for their sewer system! Gross, I know… but it is neat that they had that figured out 1,000′s of years ago!

We ended the day with a tour of a Turkish rug making tour.  It sounds incredibly boring but it wasn’t at all! Turkey is FAMOUS for their rugs and it was so neat to see how much goes into making these things!

Bye Turkey!!! (view from our balcony)

Comments (18)


  1. Katie Batten: ( )

    I loove your posts, 11 days i will be in venice, and taking the same cruise to your destinations! Thanks for sharing with all of us! I <3 your blog!! Have a great halloween and God Bless you! :)

  2. Kevin S: ( )

    do i spy michael wearing chaco’s!? that’s what’s up! and beautiful pictures i feel like im in the Odyssey!

  3. Allison: ( )

    I wish you could photograph my life!!!! :)

  4. ashley barnett: ( )

    Beautiful photos! The one little black and white kitty looks like it has a tiny mustache! Totally agree though, not a cat person either :)

  5. j gar: ( )

    wow, the one you got of him with the chacos and the sweatshirt tied around his waist, already in dad mode. And you guys had been married for a day and a half. But these are awesome, good work.

  6. Sydni Gould: ( )

    Turkey IS amazing! So beautiful and so much history! It’s so cool. Glad you changed your mind about it :)

  7. Heather Corporan: ( )

    Just BEAUTIFUL Katelyn! I’m glad you got more than you bargained for in Ephesus! I joined my husband a couple years back on a business trip to Ankara Turkey (much more inland) but I too was blown away by the history that related to biblical times! Very neat! Thanks for sharing : )

  8. caroline: ( )

    well thats just gorgeous! did you get a rug for your house??

  9. Lauren Tapscott: ( )

    These are so beautiful! I went to Turkey for the first time this summer and was also not expecting it to be as amazing as it is! Thanks so much for sharing these!

  10. Alex: ( )

    umm…michael’s lens flares got you looking really really good! you look like a dream. i like!

  11. feuza: ( )

    I love it, it looks beautiful and you guys are so cute

  12. Leslie: ( )

    is michaels sweatshirt around his waist? luh dat

  13. Kristina N.: ( )

    I love the pictures and you look gorgeous in the lens flare picture! (As always. :) ) When I was in Istanbul there were cats everywhere too! But I’m a cat person so I loved it.

  14. diana cox: ( )

    I am not sure if you know this but that big plant that you took a picture of (next to the picture of the pipes) is the plant that inspired and is on the corinithian columns….And I LOVE your pictures! I want to go!

  15. george: ( )

    so great.. love you guys and i hope you are cherishing this time together ! cant wait to see the house!

  16. Peggy: ( )

    Istanbul, Turkey is an awesome place to visit! so much history. All the cats you see running around were left there by the Greeks when the Ottoman Empire collapsed and all Greeks and Christians had to leave Turkey. The men in Istanbul love the cats and take very good care of them! I’m not a cat person but loved the story of why there were so many. If you ever want to know more of the history of end of the Ottoman Empire read “Birds Without Wings”! Excellent book by a British author.

  17. yinks: ( )

    Wow! Breathtaking. I have visited this blog on and off and I must say you and your hubby are just good old American wholesomeness! Love your spirit and I can tell through your work, you put your spirit in it and that’s why it shines through. Keep up the great work and God bless!

  18. ali williamson: ( )

    Katelyn, what lens(es) did you bring with you? I wanna pack light for our New Year’s Honeymoon, but I don’t want to be disappointed…

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