Basilica Cistern in Istanbul

July 16th, 2011|Turkey|

Built during the 6th century, this undergroundwater cathedral is 105,000 square feet!Recognize the location from the 1963James Bond film "From Russia with Love"?Medusa's head supports huge columns - her powers were sofeared that she was used [...]

Translating Turkish

July 13th, 2011|Turkey|

Google Translate wasindispensable -it got usout of a jam at a crowdedbus station.  At this smallfishing village, it helpedme let grandma knowthat her "bread wasdelicious" or"ekmek lezzetli".OK, so this is a little mixed up. But [...]

Crazy Istanbul

July 13th, 2011|Turkey|

Actually beautiful figs stuffed with walnuts,both plentiful in Turkey - but they sellbetter with the right marketing.Check out the doll with the dark beard. Cuddly,right?  The one in the turban shimmies his hips.  The boy in [...]

Turkish Hammam

July 13th, 2011|Turkey|

We did a lot of different hammams in Turkey,this one is a little too empty, but a goodrepresentation.  Sides for men and womenare separate.  You are given a TINY towel.Step 1:  hot sauna, Step 2: [...]

July 13th, 2011|Turkey|

Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia - see the small holes carved in the rocks behindus?  They are doorways about 5 ft. tall. Inside a delightfully cool fairychimney - great escape from the heat!Many of the fairychimneys were used [...]

Cappodocia Balloon Ride

July 10th, 2011|Turkey|

Breathtaking and serene, volcanic rockshave eroded into hoodoos.  About the sizeof Bryce Canyon, the formations coverover 50 square miles.  Cappodocia isUNESCO World Heritage site, with littlevillages winding throughout.Our pilot lowered us right into the fairychimneys, [...]

Pamukalle National Park, South West Turkey

July 10th, 2011|Turkey|

A gem of a National Park!  Natural hot springs spill over travertine terraces on the edgeof a cliff.  Healing waters are rich incalcium carbonate, still building thelandscape every day.Two unsuspecting tourists, happily swimming in the hot springs.  Little did [...]

Hiking in Southern Turkey

July 7th, 2011|Turkey|

Atop a middle ages era citadel wall, a lone goat stands guard to warn the valley residents.Ancient bath house ruins.  The communalbaths were a place to relax and catchup on news, like a modern day coffee house.These [...]