Stage Two and Off to the Right

On the morning we came into Antalya, Turkey, part of our excursion for the day had been updated to “STRENUOUS.” Hmmm…….I took one look at those mountains and thought maybe it would be better for me to sit this one out and just enjoy a sea day and the view! As we had no official…

Thursday Doors: Termessos National Park; Antalya, Turkey

Something niggled at me to stay on the ship, when we first arrived in Antalya, Turkey. Hubby was not deterred by the planned excursion, so off he went. My last words to him, whenever he sets off alone is, “don’t forget I need some door photos! Did you hear that? I NEED door photos! Not,…

Just Some Food: Turkish Delight

Today, for the Just Some Food Challenge, I am featuring a very popular sweet in Turkey, known as Turkish Delight. It is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Premium varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, hazelnuts or walnuts. Traditional varieties are often flavored with rosewater, bergamot, orange, lemon,…

Thursday Doors: Shopping in Bodrum, Turkey

We’re taking a break from the amphitheater, castle, and the museum to go shopping in the Old Town Bodrum Bazaar. Here, shopping consists of new shops in an outdoor setting. Remember the hatches in the columns to insert coverings for the walkways in Ancient Ephesus? That is still done today, to keep the heat off…

Just One Person: The Chestnut Roaster

This time, for Just One Person, I have the Chestnut Roaster in Rome! It was pouring rain and those chestnuts smelled like they were burning! You could smell them from several blocks away! He just carried on, no problem! Was he bored?  Was it just a job? Rain or shine same ol’ same ol’? Bringin’…

Jo’s Monday Walk: The Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Today, we are entering the castle! Finally! It now houses the Museum of Underwater Archeology and I was so excited because I wanted to learn more about those pots that were scattered here and there, all over the grounds of the castle! The pieces that I was most interested in, were the pointy bottomed ones…

Thursday Doors in Bodrum, Turkey

We’ve been exploring the outside of Bodrum Castle in Bodrum, Turkey. Will we find some doors? How about this view through a door and through the window? You’re not going to break down this door too easily! The chapel was turned into a mosque when the Turks defeated the Christian Knights in 1522. They added…

Just One Postcard: A Cookie in the New Year!

Dear Friends, It is a New Year and these are the cookies we are eating now (as if we need any) after all the food over the holidays! The plate is appetizer size, the package teeny tiny and the cookie smaller than a quarter! On to a New Year! PS I’m showing off a new…

What Did We Find in Bodrum, Turkey?

We’ve arrived in Bodrum, it says so on the little boat! That is parked next to all the other little boats! That takes us to the shore road to Bodrum, Turkey. Follow the hay truck into the city……….. and glance back to get a good look.  I love the white, white sugar cube houses! It…

Entertainment from Kusadasi, Turkey

We are back on the ship and it is our last day in Kusadasi………we’ve seen everything we wanted to see here and it was very interesting with its ups and downs. So, a few looks back! The city and port were beautiful! Our ship mates were all very different too! Who wouldn’t want to travel…

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…