Happy Thanksgiving

Hope that everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving. In all my travels, I have learned that food, family, and friends bring us together. Today, Kevin and I will have a small dinner...just us and the kitties. The 12.5 lb turkey is in the oven. Gobble gobble.

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 →

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.

The Bade Hotel

http://badehotels.comThis is our home for the next few days.  Lovely place.  Often websites images over state the beauty of an establishment.  Not in this case.  The Bade is a relaxing respite from the crowded streets of the city.  While it does not offer the amenities of larger hotels, it is situated in the heart of... Continue Reading →

Tour Summary

Our departure is fast approaching and I hope that the weather allows us to make our connections.  Looking forward to exploring more of Turkey.  Below is our itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul Day 2: Tour Istanbul: St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar Day 3: Istanbul and Cappadocia: Spice Market, Bosphorus... Continue Reading →

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