Pope Francis Visits Ankara

Did anyone else notice that the Pope visited Ankara last Friday? I learned of the Pope's visit Friday morning.  Upon hearing the news, come kind of warmth came upon me.  I got excited!  I learned that he would be visiting Anitkabir and had a few other stops.  But no schedule was posted anywhere.  Not even... Continue Reading →

Kayaking Kekova

My husband and I joined the great folks from Xanthos Travel for another day on the water, sea kayaking at Kekova.  Our guide, Alkan, was super fit and super knowledgeable. We met at the office around 7:30 a.m.  Why so early?  Well, they take their "adventures" very seriously down in Kaş.  Water traffic has increased in... Continue Reading →

Antik Pazari – Asagi Ayranci

Ankara boasts a rather large antique bazaar.  It travels around the city and lands in my neighborhood, Asagi Ayranci, on the first Sunday of every month. I mentioned it briefly in an earlier post, "Junking," where I claimed it's "not that big."  Well, I am not sure if my perception has changed or the pazar... Continue Reading →

Pentecost and German Holidays

I am currently visiting family in Germany and am devoting only a few minutes to this post. Yesterday Christians around the world "celebrated" Pentecost.  I put it in quotes because not many seem to know what Pentecost is and only know that it is Pentecost if they happened to go to Church.  But apparently the... Continue Reading →

Democracy NOW!

GET OUT AND VOTE! Today is election day in Turkey.  The Prime Minister is not up for re-election, but his party is.  The three largest cities are Istanbul (over 14 million), Ankara (about 5 million) and Izmir (about 3.5 million).   Below is some reading from Turkish & International newspapers on the subject: Turkey Politicians Make... Continue Reading →

A day at Kyrenia (Girne), Northern Cyprus

Kyrenia (Greek: Κερύνεια;Turkish: Girne) is a town on the northern coast of Cyprus, noted for its historic harbour and castle. Internationally recognised as part of the Republic of Cyprus, it is under the control of the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and capital of its Girne District. Once predominantly inhabited by Greek Cypriots, Kyrenia's population consists now largely of Turkish Cypriots, British people... Continue Reading →

Bellapais Abbey, Northern Cyprus

After having spent time caring for my sister and just days before her death, my husband treated me to a weekend in Northern Cyprus.  I can't say it was a carefree weekend, but we did our best to enjoy it. Below are some photos from our our visit to Bellapais Abbey,  the ruin of a monastery... Continue Reading →

A Day in Assos

I must give my apologies to you, my readers.  I sometimes leave you hanging. . . You may recall the posts I did back in September after a four day trip to Çanakkale.  Unfortunately, these types of posts, with lots of photos, are very time consuming.  So once again, I never got to the last day... Continue Reading →

Adventures in Troy

Day 2 of our trip to Çanakkale started with a trip from Bursa to Troy. Although I had read that Troy wasn't much to see, I was really looking forward to it.  I tried hard to remember which high school teacher had forced me to read Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey to no avail.  On this... Continue Reading →

Photo of the Day – Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday devoted to celebrating those men and women who fought for our country and lost their lives in doing so. My Dad's "Uncle Pete",  Private First Class Walter J. Archer, was one of them.  He fought in WWII and was killed in action on November 13, 1944 in Italy.  He was... Continue Reading →

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