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Turkey Wrap

Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | Views [254]

THE RESULTS OF OUR EXPERIMENT — is it better to visit Turkey in summer or winter? — are inconclusive.  Except for the invasion of cruise ship passengers at Ephesus, we managed to evade most of the crowds.  But we also skipped some ... Read more >

Remembering Ephesus

Saturday, 11 Jul 2015 | Views [428]

EPHESUS IS FAMOUS FROM BIBLICAL TIMES.  Paul preached the gospel here and John wrote his contribution to the New Testament in Ephesus. After Jesus’ crucifixion., Mary moved here with John and many — heretics no doubt — theorize ... Read more >

The Bodrum Peninsula

Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | Views [262]

BODRUM WAS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES in 2007, a quiet respite on the Adriatic coast.  If only we had known!     Sugar-cube houses My journal entry from that trip (hand-written, of course) said, Bodrum is about as picturesque ... Read more >

Aphrodisias and Pamukkale

Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | Views [308]

WE LEFT THE MEDITERRANEAN BEHIND YESTERDAY.  The road is long, with many a winding turn, through time-warped mountain villages where tractors have yet to replace donkeys.  We were headed for Pamukkale with a major detour to Aphrodisias, not ... Read more >

Lycian Sites: Myra, Xanthos, Letoon and Dalya

Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | Views [373]

BEFORE THERE WERE GREEKS AND TURKS, when Athenians, Spartans, Trojans, Myceans and such controlled their turf in the Mediterranean, the Lycians dominated southwestern Anatolia.  And while their civilization was successively ruled — and influenced ... Read more >

Turkey's Turquoise Coast

Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | Views [251]

CRUISING ALONG IN A SAILBOAT from cove to cove may be the most idyllic way to see the Turquoise Coast — if sailing is your thing.  For us non-nautical types there are wonderful views of pine-covered mountains and turquoise coves from the ... Read more >

Aspendos and Perge

Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | Views [236]

CONNIE SWEARS WE STAYED IN ANTALYLA in ’07 — even has journal entries to prove it — but I am drawing a blank.  Ditto the theater at Aspendos, very much "off, OFF, OFF Broadway" yet one of the best preserved in the Roman ... Read more >


Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | Views [224]

THE TRAIL CLIMBED STEEPLY THROUGH BARE TREES past crumbling walls of the lower city — three kilometers of treacherous ice and the snowy remains of winter.  Cold wind mixed with sweat from our exertions while snow flakes drifted through the ... Read more >


Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | Views [217]

THE LANDSCAPE OF TURKEY IS LIKE A MICROCOSM of the US, from sea to shining sea and all that lies between.  And it seemed like we saw it all today on our marathon 600 kilometer drive from Konya to Ankara to Isparta.  Rolling hills, pancake ... Read more >

Photos: Western Turkey

Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Catalhoyuk World Heritage Site

Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | Views [230]

LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THE INHABITANTS OF CATALHOYUK.  And even less is said, which is a bit surprising, considering the egos of archeologists.  This obscure World Heritage site was occupied around 9000 years ago and is one of the oldest farming ... Read more >

Cappadocia Rocks

Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | Views [244]

CAPPADOCIA IS ALL ABOUT ROCKS — specifically “tufa,” a soft volcanic rock from ancient eruptions.  Ten million years of erosion has resulted in a Tolkeinesque landscape of pinnacles, domes, pillars and mounds straight from Middle ... Read more >

Hot-Air Ballooning in Cappadocia

Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Views [240]

CAPPADOCIA IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREMIER destinations for a ride in a hot-air balloon.  And there are more than 100 balloons to choose from.  The sight of dozens of brightly colored balloons rising in the pre-dawn light, propane burners whooshing ... Read more >

Photos: Cappadocia

Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Gobekli Tepe

Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | Views [301]

WHICH CAME FIRST, THE TEMPLE OR THE TOWN?  Archeologists generally agreed that the cultivation of crops and domestication of livestock led to the development of towns.  Other traits that they identified with “civilization,” like ... Read more >

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