July 2007 archive

Ephesus! Stellar Ruins
July 31, 2007

We timed it so we were the first in the gate and had it all to ourselves
for a little while on a cool brilliant morning in late July. I would never
have believed we would have such good luck


Sirince Charms
July 30, 2007

As we walked up the cobbled street, we looked over tiled roofs at the
surrounding vineyards and apple orchards of the ancient village of Sirince.
It is just 8 km from Selcuk,


Selcuk Serenity
July 29, 2007

Just below Selcuk’s 6th century castle and St. John’s Basilica, and
within walking distance to Ephesus, the antique Hotel Kalehan
( provides the fantasy of living in an Ottoman villa


Ancient Pergamum
July 28, 2007

Ancient Pergamum dates back to the 12th century BC, has a connection
to Alexander the Great and Lydian King Croesus, but most of the
extraordinary monuments and buildings date to the period
it most flourished


Homer's Troy
July 27, 2007

As a lover of Homer’s stories from the “Iliad” and “Odyssey”, and
a six year old with the current obsession of being an archeologist,
Mozart was not about to miss seeing Troy and the famous Trojan


Bus On Ferry To Canakkale
July 25, 2007

Taking a fancy Turkish bus onto a small ferry has to be the strangest
transportation method that we have taken on our round-the-world trip
so far! I could not believe it when the bus boarded the ferry with all of us


Ayasofya & Grand Bazarre
July 24, 2007

For 1000 years, Ayasofya was Christendom’s largest church and
triumphant symbol of Byzantium and is so large that the Statue
of Liberty would easily fit inside with the top of the torch not
grazing the domed


Topaki Palace & Blue Mosque
July 23, 2007

We did not see these on the same day, but I am trying to consolidate a
little more for the blog as we are already in Croatia and I am still
struggling to get the Turkey trip up as well as the rest of Greece.


Orient Express To Istanbul
July 22, 2007

We got snuggled into our large and brand new sleeping cabin as our
train chugged towards Istanbul from Ankara. Our soul traveling gang
adds another new method of travel on our round the world trip


Esbelli Evi
July 21, 2007

I had heard raves about Esbelli Evi from many sources and that it sets
the standard for cave dwellings in Cappadocia, Fodors, Frommers,
Slowtravel and more all have ecstatic reviews.


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