Did I mention the Food?

As you all know, excellent food is a requirement when I travel to exotic locations, and Turkey did not disappoint! From my first kebap to my last cold meses, the food was excellent and provided an awesome regional flare.

I got an early lesson in Turkish culinary culture when our first night’s waiter objected […]

Awesome Ephesus

After flying from Ankara to Izmir, we spent the next day exploring the remains of the ancient Roman city of Ephesus, uncovered by archaeologists only forty years ago.

The scope of this city is amazing. It’s believed to have been home to 350,000 people at its peak, and the restored Library of Celsus and the […]

Saturday: Ankara to Izmir

On Saturday, we left the Cappadocia region for a trip to Ankara and the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state. Although the Ottoman Turks and the Roman Empire have governed the region for thousands of years, the secular democratic Turkish Republic was only founded 85 years ago. The […]

Incredible Cappadocia

Original Title:”Most Incredible Thing Ive Ever Seen”

Oh my God! No time to blog …. and the keyboard changed again … but this is the view from my room in Cappodocia region of central Turkey. I am not kidding. This picture doesn’t even do it justice. … more later …..

Cappadocia is an incredible region […]

Quick Visit to Asia Minor

Today’s activities began with a bus ride to a ferry terminal in southern Istanbul, which officially marked my first visit to the mysterious continent of Asia. We crossed the Transcontinental Bosphorus Bridge at 8:25 am EEST.

We rode the ferry across the Sea of Marmara to the city of Yalova, near the epicenter of […]

But It’s a Turk?sh Heat

Oh boy ?s ?t hot here ?n Istanbul! It was a balmy 36 Celsius today (that’s 96 to you and me), and the humidity was equally extraordinary.

We spent the day touring famous locations ?n Istanbul, ?nclud?ng the Dolmabahçe Palace, Blue Mosque, the Church of Hagia Sophia, the Roman Hippodrome and undreground c?sterns, and […]

Children’s Playground In Ihtebaglari

The computer connection is slow, so you won’t be able to see all of the 500+ pictures I’ve taken so far, but it’s a start: Check out the 2007 Turkey Photoset.

Today was our visit to the playground site (co-sponsored by the our family and Istanbul Yesilkoy Rotary), built in rural Ihtebaglari, overlooking the […]

Check?ng ?n from Istanbul …

… and us?ng a Cyr?ll?c keyboard so bear w?th me …..

After an uneventful fl?ght to Frankfort and then to Istanbul, I am here. The t?me change hasnt h?t me yet, but ?t m?ght happen tomorrow.

Wh?le ?t would have been n?ce to apparate to get here, I d?d feel l?ke I was travel?ng along […]

Get Your Turkey Jokes Ready …

Many of you may already be aware that I am traveling July 21-31 to the Anatolian Peninsula, including Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Izmir. It’s by far the furthest I’ve ever traveled, and also the longest I’ve ever traveled without family in my own modern era. I, of course, will be fine. It’s you all that I’m […]