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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…

The Flamingo Habitat

What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas; so goes the slogan.  That seems to suggest, that your good time should remain a secret.  I suppose if you’re hiding something that may work, but I’ve got a secret that I am going to share. The Flamingo Hotel is more than just a place to stay and…

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

It’s the New Year, and what better way to get things going then a girls trip to Las Vegas to celebrate our friend’s birthday.  Most of the time, we have driven, but this time we decided to fly.  I’m a “sit at the window” person because on any given flight, you can see such spectacular…

Hanging With Wilda and Al

Can you ever have too many friends?  I didn’t think so either. I have friends from all over the country and world actually. It’s remarkable, especially since I’ve lived in the same community with a little detour before and after I got married. New Hampshire, specifically the area of Newfound Lake, where my friends own…

Let My Pictures Do The Talking

Do you remember the ad from long ago, before cell phones and Google, “Let your fingers do the walking?”  It was an ad for the Yellow Pages, how else would you find a phone number for the local pizza joint? Since, Born To Talk is my moniker, I’ve taken the spoken word and translated it…

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