Lunch In a Garden in Kas, Turkey

We are starting off from Tire, Turkey. If you read my previous post, you know the cruise travelers are worked up! I am hoping lunch can put some smiles back on their faces, as it affects everyone on the bus. The bus is whisper quiet as we move along the barren roads. We drive on…

Have You Been to Tire, Turkey?

Our morning was off to a bumpy start……..it seems since the Covid shutdown, many of the regular tour guides are no longer working. They moved on to other endeavors or just gave up the ghost altogether. Many of the original excursions were curtailed and new places with guides had to be found.  Our ship was…

A Stroll in Modern Ephesus, Turkey and More

This morning we are taking a breather from the outside and taking a leisurely stroll through the Ephesus Museum. Since we’ve been to the ancient city, I want to see some of the items that were inside those buildings don’t you?  Most of these artifacts were dug up between 1867-1905 and were transported to the…

A Little R&R in Ephesus, Turkey

Just to let you know we didn’t spend every hour walking along ancient ruins in Turkey, but with a much needed break, we were brought to the KoruMar Resort and Spa for a little R&R. We couldn’t tell much from the exterior. Thought we were just having lunch and then moving on, but no! This…

Thursday Doors in Ancient Ephesus, Turkey

Today, we are finishing up our walk in Ancient Ephesus, Turkey; an UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you missed my first blog of this huge site and would like to know some history about it, look HERE. We started on top of the mountain and are going down the Main Street. The lower we got,…

Ancient Ephesus, Turkey

  One, of the most interesting sites we have ever visited, was found in Ephesus, Turkey.  Deemed an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is not to be missed. I didn’t know what to expect, but when we arrived at the top of the mountain, thank goodness, and began to make our trek down to the…

The House of the Virgin Mary: Docking at Kusadasi, Turkey

I have much to write about Kusadasi, Turkey, as we were here for several days and it was awesome! On the first day, we arrived at the port, bright and early, and immediately took a bus out of town and into the hills. We traveled past many peach tree farms and went up and up…

Mantamados: Lesbos, Greece

This morning, we are going to another small village in Lesbos, called Matamados. It too, has a story to tell. The Church of the Taxiarchis (Archangel Michael) is here and Archangel Michael is the protector of the island. The story goes like this: In the 10th century, Saracen pirates raided and plundered the monastery and…

Thursday Doors: Lesbos, Greece

Take a look at some of the doors we discovered while we visited Agiasos (population 2,500) a small village in Lesbos, Greece…………….Just out strollin.” Then we met the guard dog………..in the garden……… My favorite house was the “corner house.” I would have loved to have seen the inside of it! The vines just made it…

Mytilini, and More: On the Greek Island of Lesbos

This morning, we arrived in Mytilini, Greece on the island of Lesbo. In the 11th century BC, it was an ancient city, confined to a smaller island, lying on the east coast of the bigger island. During Roman times, white stone bridges linked the two islands. In today’s commercial Mytilini, we find many new crafts…

Istanbul At Its Finest

It has been several years, since we last visited Istanbul and we are still so impressed with the city! We started our month-long vacation in this amazing city and came back to it, at the the midway point, before starting off again. I will post some of Istanbul now and again later in our travels……..We…

And Last, But Not Least! Off to Israel

Israel is our final stop on the summer vaca! We will be here 7 days……….What will we see? Here are the pre-postcards sent your way! We have many sites and towns to see here! First, Tel Aviv……..and then Jerusalem……. and Bethlehem……. and the Masada…….. and a garden or two! And Haifa, and Jaffa and the…

The Other Spots in the Mediterranean

Moving on to more stops in the Mediterranean! Here are my pre-postcards from these countries on our trip! Crete……a look at the garden here! Tombs in Cyprus……….several days spent here exploring! A visit with the locals……. and Rhodes, added to the itinerary! Stay tuned for more! I’ll have oodles to write about!

Next, Off to Greece

From Turkey, then to Greece! What will we find here? I’m sending you pre-postcards of some of our stops in Greece and what we will hopefully see! I’ll be taking two cooking classes in Greece! One, is on wines and food pairing! The other is a Food and Wine Trail Adventure in Santorini, Greece! 9…