Terrace Houses and Cats in Ephesus

My visit to Ephesus is the gift that keeps on giving.  There was so much to take in while I was there. Not to mention it was raining for part of the visit and not slipping on the cobbled marble was a very high priority.  It’s after I’ve returned home that I have learned so…

The Emphasis is on Ephesus

Let me be clear. While I took history classes in school like everyone else, I was probably paying much more attention to what the girls were wearing and where I was going after school. Consequently, I spent 2 1/2 weeks in the cradle of history without a lot of background information to draw on. Since…

Welcome To Izmir, Turkey

There are so many things I will be sharing along this journey.  Today, it won’t be the ruins and countryside, because it’s lunchtime after we arrived in Izmir.Here is what we had…Starting with this fabulous lentil soup.Salad.Chicken kebab and lamb patty.Refreshing oranges for dessert.After lunch we had the opportunity to stroll along the grounds of the…

How Bazaar!

A bazaar is a large market place selling miscellaneous goods.  In this case, The Grand Bazaar is the granddaddy of them all.  Founded in 1461, with a network of 61 covered streets enclosing 3,305,000 sq ft, the bazaar is home to over 4,500 shops.  As many as 400,000 shoppers, both local and around the world,…

Tour Time in Turkey

After spending the first day acclimating to the time change, it was time to take an official tour of incredible Istanbul. Our guide gave us the following warning, “Pedestrians beware, traffic lights are for decoration only!”  Glad we were on a bus tour. These first pictures are from the old city walls of Constantinople, constructed…

Istanbul Not Constantinople

Just how long does it take to travel from California to Turkey?  Wish I could tell you it’s a blink of an eye, but instead it’s 12 plus hours.One moment it’s Thursday evening and then it’s Friday evening as we landed in Istanbul.Istanbul’s population is 18 million, that’s 14 million more than Los Angeles.  On…