Last day in Turkey

As we waited in the Kayseri airport to return to Istanbul for an early morning flight home, we met a large group of energetic ten year old boys on their way to watch the number one pro futball (soccer) team in the country, Galatasaray. We were the first Americans they had every encountered and were... Continue Reading →

Carpet Weaving School

We took a break from visiting the ruins after lunch to learn about carpet weaving. Turkish carpets are highly valued and heavily promoted, especially in Istanbul. If you are not careful, you will be invited into a shop by an over friendly owner, who speaks perfect British English, offered tea, and then given a hard-sale... Continue Reading →

The Library of Celsius (Ephesus)

Today's journey was a walk through time. As we meandered through the ancient ruins at Ephesus we crested a hill only to be greeted by the remains of the Library of Celsius. We stopped in amazement as we gazed upon the structure. It was built in the year of 135 AD, in the memory of... Continue Reading →

Hierapolis and the Cascades

After a three hour drive, we arrived at Heirapolis, an ancient Greco-Roman city on top of the Cascades. Waking through the ancient ruins was breathtaking. The Cascades were stunning. The walk on the water was a bit slippery but worth it. Part of the movie The Odyssey was filmed on the Cascades. As I said,... Continue Reading →

Sirince

After an early flight to Izmir and a short van ride, we arrived in the Greek village of Sirince. This small village, of only about 700 locals, is in sharp contract to the over 16 million of Istanbul. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and sampled local wines. The shopping was very good as well. Many... Continue Reading →

Thundar in Istanbul

Thundar had a very busy day escorting Brinanna and Chad through the historic old city of Istanbul. He led our group to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the palace of the sultans. As you can see, he was eager to have his photo taken.

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