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…

Just Like That: Off to Turkey

And, just like that, we are off to Istanbul, Turkey! We have met all the Covid compliances!!!!  We have our N95 masks, that have to be worn on the ship and at all destinations……….We have all the visas, and Covid heath insurance documents needed for certain countries. My there has been a lot of stuff…….and…

Lens-Artists Challenge #195, Vivid Color Expressions

Anne leads today…….and nothing makes me happier than the color in a flower or the colors in a garden! Color comes from the garden to the plate! I ate this salad in Stockholm, Sweden and I loved the color and texture of the pink grapefruit dressing! Green can be anything, but boring…….Personally, I think it…

And It’s Gone With the Wind

Today, we are visiting the Margaret Mitchell Museum in Atlanta, GA. It is in the city center and surrounded by high-rises now. But, thank goodness this building has not been torn down (like they are want to do in Atlanta) but has been re-stored. This is the home, (Apartment #1, that Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone…

WeekendCaféShare: The War in Ukraine Got Me Thinking

Good Morning WCS’ers!  We have been following the horror in the Ukraine and our trip there in a few weeks has been dashed. We are really disappointed, who would have thought a war would be going on……… We are hoping to still get in Bulgaria and Romania, only time will tell……. Updated: Those countries have…

Sunday Stills: The Urban Focus in the Early 1930’s

For Sunday’s Still’s theme today of “Urban,” we’re going “below stairs” to the kitchen at the The Swan House, built by the Inman family of Atlanta, Georgia from 1924 to 1928. This is extreme wealth and what it could purchase……..and was the ideal of Urban living. I would say the Inman’s probably never went to…