After leaving Kusadasi, I had read that Selçuk was far more quieter. I found the Boomerang Guesthouse – Boomerang because they have a lot of Australians who stay here to commemorate ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). It was here where I was able to stumble across the ancient Basilica of St. John the Evangelist. The nearby hill was where it was believed he wrote his gospel. I was awestruck. I knew Ephesus was important because of St. Paul but had no idea the significance of Selçuk for St. John. It was a happenstance, yet inspiring pilgrimage for me.
I enjoyed the company of Jane and Megan, New Zealanders who I met at my hostel and were also traveling throughout Europe. We went to the Artemis Restaurant which was in a hillside town that used to be Greek before the great migration post-WWI. The architecture was certainly Greek but inhabitants completely Turkish.