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Lycian Sites: Myra, Xanthos, Letoon and Dalya

TURKEY | Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | Views [362]

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

TURKEY | Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | Views [249]

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

TURKEY | Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | Views [231]

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 >


TURKEY | Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | Views [218]

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 >


TURKEY | Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | Views [212]

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

TURKEY | Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Catalhoyuk World Heritage Site

TURKEY | Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | Views [227]

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

TURKEY | Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | Views [236]

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

TURKEY | Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Views [235]

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

TURKEY | Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Gobekli Tepe

TURKEY | Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | Views [289]

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 >

Nemrut Dag

TURKEY | Monday, 15 Jun 2015 | Views [302]

GIVEN THEIR OBSCURITY AND REMOTENESS, the Divrigi Mosque and Nemrut Dag probably aren’t worth a visit.  Most visitors to Turkey will never even hear of them. The Divrigi Mosque and Hospital “coulda been a contendah,” as a young ... Read more >

Hittite Sites: Hattusa, Yazilikaya and Alacahoyuk

TURKEY | Friday, 12 Jun 2015 | Views [586]

YESTERDAY'S DRIVE SOUTH TO BOGAZKALE, though long, was refreshing; two-lane blacktop winding through rolling hills and freshly sown fields and charming run-down villages.  Mustafa was waiting for us with sweet tea at his family’s Hotel Baykul, ... Read more >


TURKEY | Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | Views [215]

THE ANCIENT HITTITE CAPITAL OF HATTUSA is only an hour or so east of Ankara but we decided to take a 500 kilometer detour and an overnight visit in the Ottoman town of Safronbolu instead of the direct route.  This would be our only chance to visit ... Read more >


TURKEY | Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | Views [200]

NOWHERE IN THE AZERBAIJAN WEBSITE DO THEY mention that you cannot get a visa in Turkey unless you are a resident as the friendly folks at the embassy politely informed us.  So we had to go through a Baku travel agency on-line and fork over $120 ... Read more >

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