Honeymoon Travel Guide: Ephesus & Athens

Honeymoon Travel Guide: Ephesus & Athens


Ephesus, Turkey & Athens, Greece

We arrived in Turkey at the Kusadasi port just as the sun was rising and then headed to Ephesus. We saw a house up on a hill where the Virgin Mary supposedly stayed for a short while and then we made our way to the ancient village of Ephesus:

 Ruins of the ancient library. Our guide told us that a secret passageway was found within the library leading underground and across the road to the town brothel. Scandalous!


 The following day, we arrived in Athens, Greece. We took a short guided tour around the city and then parted from the group to explore on our own …

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Spotted a flea market near the Plaka district but since our suitcases were already pretty tight, we just took a quick look. We did find some gorgeous jewelry including some fun turquoise necklaces and a floating crystal necklace that I am seriously obsessed with. And I picked up a Greek Vogue for my coffee table collection.

Our lunch that day was beyond phenomenal – we had stuffed tomatoes along with the most delicious tzatziki, olive paste and vegetarian moussaka. Delish.

P1000493After lunch, we decided to make our way to see the Parthenon. I have to say, I am soooo glad we parted ways with our group and made the hike up on our own. The views alone were worth it and seeing the structure up close was mind-blowing. Here are a few of my favorites:


Gorgeous Athens … annnnd the leather bomber jacket I picked up the day before in Turkey.

P1000532 P1000541 P1000557After the hike back down, we hailed a taxi back to the port, boarded the ship, and quickly found out which bar was hosting happy hour. 🙂 Our favorite way to unwind after a day of sightseeing!


On Thursday, I’ll be sharing our time spent in Pompeii, Sorento and Capri. Hope you enjoy! 

The Details
Celebrity – Equinox Ship
11 day Mediterranean Cruise

Rome, Italy
Crete, Greece
Rhodes, Greece
Ephesus / Kusadasi, Turkey
Athens, Greece
Pompeii + Capri
Rome, Italy



  1. August 21, 2012 / 12:49 PM

    lovely photos. I lived in Turkey for five years, there is so much to see. Hugs

  2. August 21, 2012 / 6:21 PM

    Wonderful post. We went to Greece for our honeymoon and loved everything about it, especially the food! I am dying to go to Turkey next. I recently featured a honeymoon series on my blog which was great for added insight and tips by honeymooners!

  3. August 21, 2012 / 7:11 PM

    How neat to have lived there for 5 years! Do you have a favorite place you visited in Turkey? I’d love to go back!

  4. August 21, 2012 / 7:12 PM

    Thanks, Michele! I know, I still dream about the food! 😉 Love your series 🙂