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Turkey still…

I am still sorting my trip photos. I am having trouble selecting and eliminating, but to give myself a boost I am going to put a few here that might not make it on the travel side. I get asked a lot of questions about the Turkish people. Since 96% of them are muslims thay […]

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Back from Turkey!

I have just returned from Turkey and am still under the charm. I loved everything about the country. I was seduced by the mosques, the culture, the people, the history, the antique sites, the landscape, the crafts, the food… I took over 500 photographs; I will edit and pick the most representative ones and post […]

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Puppy

This weekend I am dog sitting a Bernese mountain dog puppy…like Bacchus. It is amusing to notice the differences in temperament…. this one is very laid back…he is big for his age …his paws are especially large… so much so that he stumbles over himself when he walks…. he is a sweetie.

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Turkey – Conclusion

This concludes my description of the sites we visited. There were experiences that I did not mention such as the narghile, (water pipe),  and the hammam (which I wrote about in my blog), the belly dancers (which we did see), I have not mentioned the food, which was varied and flavorful (the desserts dripping with […]

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Turkey – Ankara

Ankara, the capital of Turkey, boasts a spectacular monument in memory of Atatürk and the famous “Museum of civilization” that holds some of the oldest artifact on earth. Among which are some Hittite mother earth figurines and some surprisingly modern looking reindeers. We were in Istanbul on the anniversary of Atatürk’s death and I was […]

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Turkey – Caravanserai

Caravanserais were along the silk road what truck stops are along our highways: a safe place to rest. They were set up about 30 km apart to allow caravans to have safe havens along the way. They were fort like stone constructions. The travelers were allowed three nights free of charge. Their animals were fed […]

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Turkey – Cappadoce

I got my first glimpse of Cappadoce at sunrise aboard an hot air baloon. It was spectacular! Taking off was very smooth. The noise of the flame was not as loud as I expected. It was not scary at all, it felt like floating. Being able to come down close to the rock formations is […]

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Turkey – Mevlana Museum

Next we head for the Mevlana museum in Konya,  I had been intrigued by the twirling Dervishes ever since a friend gave me a painting he had made of them. Contrary to what one might believe, the twirling dervishes do not give a performance, the Sema is a sacred ritual, accomplished by muslim priests who […]

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Turkey – Aspendos

Aspendos was a revelation! This is the first theater I have ever seen complete with the back of the stage intact. It is very ornate and gives a much better idea of what it must have looked like originally. It is still used today for operas and plays. The theatre at Aspendos is famous for […]

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Turkey – Perge

Today we leave Antalya for Perge.Perge was settled by the Hittites around 1500 B.C. The Kestros (Aksu) river, which ran through it, made Perge a port because it was possible to navigate. The city is also famous for the fact that St.Paul visited Perge in 46 A.D. and preached his first sermon here. That’s why […]