In March I rode our new BMW bike down from Bucharest to Antalya, about 1600 km, 1000 miles. One of the stops on the way was in Ephesus, which is not the name of the city, but the names of the ancient ruins. Those ruins are at the top of my Best Ruins list as I reflected upon others I have visited. In the past four years I have been to 26 countries and collectively I’m at 39 over my lifetime. Most of those countries are in Europe where so much history took place. Between Greece, Italy, Croatia and now Turkey, I have lost count of how many ruins I have been through. Add in Asia, South America, and Mexico and the numbers grow. And we still have Egypt, Jordan, and Israel on the list, hopefully in 2023.
When it comes to picking the “best” ruins, it almost sounds like an oxymoron. Are the BEST ruins the ones in the best condition NOW, after renovation, and make it welcoming and inviting? Or are the best the ones in the most “natural” condition that reflect the way it looked initially?
I don’t know. My list is personal and biased of course, and if you have been to any one of them, I welcome your thoughts! And if you have any other recommendations, please let me know.Many listicles like this have the top five, top seven, the top 10, etc, so rather than focus on the numbers, I went back and went from less impressive to most impressive, but regardless they are ALL amazing! I’ll not go into all the details for each of these, but share the highlights.