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Assos, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery
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Assos, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery

Assos, Turkey was a tiny little town on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the island of Lesbos. Aristotle taught students in the area that's now in ruins. And St. Paul passed through this area on his travels in the early days of the church. We were concerned about driving the hills leading up to Assos, but they weren't that bad when we visited in 2010. ...
House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery
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House of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery

The House of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus in Turkey was a thought-provoking find. Is it really the house where Mary, Jesus' mother lived? According to a nun and visionary, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, it is. And there were plenty of pilgrims who knelt on the floor of the house even during the short time that we were there, but who knows? The mere idea that Mary lived in this house was enough to inspire ...
Didyma, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery
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Didyma, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery

The guidebooks raved about the Medusa face carved into the stone ruins at Didyma and on our first trip overseas, I thought that it would be something truly spectacular (otherwise, why would they talk about it?). We felt pressure and stress about getting to Didyma in time to see that Medusa face. But though the ruins were located in a beautiful landscape, they looked a lot like all the other ruins we'd seen ...
St. John’s Basilica and Isa Bey Mosque in Selçuk, Turkey: Photo Gallery
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St. John’s Basilica and Isa Bey Mosque in Selçuk, Turkey: Photo Gallery

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The Ruins at Pergamon, Bergama, Turkey: Photo Gallery
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The Ruins at Pergamon, Bergama, Turkey: Photo Gallery

When we visited Turkey in 2010, we drove from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back again. Along the way, we stopped to see the ruins at Pergamon in Bergama, Turkey. They were located up above the city, offering a spectacular view of Bergama down below.Bergama was a rough city and we were glad we didn't spend the night there after we saw a little bit of it. Though Pergamon itself was safe, Bergama was a ...
Pamukkale, Turkey – Travertine Terraces and the Hierapolis: Photo Gallery
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Pamukkale, Turkey – Travertine Terraces and the Hierapolis: Photo Gallery

In 2010, we traveled across western Turkey by car, stopping in places like Pamukkale to see the Travertine Terraces and the Hierapolis. The Travertine Terraces was something I'd never heard of before we traveled to Turkey, which was surprising after we saw what a cool place it was. It looked like a giant snow drift, with water flowing down it and little idyllic bright blue pools of water on the way up, but ...
Priene, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery
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Priene, Turkey Ruins: Photo Gallery

In 2010, our family drove from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back again, stopping along the way at places like Priene, Turkey to see some incredible sights like Ancient Troy, the Travertine Terraces, and Ephesus.Related Posts:Turkey Tourism: Travertine Terraces  (video) Pamukkale, Turkey - Travertine Terraces and the Hierapolis: Photo GalleryAncient Troy in Turkey: Photo Gallery Turkey ...
Ancient Troy in Turkey: Photo Gallery
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Ancient Troy in Turkey: Photo Gallery

When we traveled to Turkey on our first overseas trip in 2010, I was absolutely awed that ancient Troy was a real location and not just a mythological place. Seeing this place first hand made the stories about Troy seem so much more important and interesting. Why not include photos of the real place in school lessons when kids are reading about Troy?Related Posts:Priene, Turkey Ruins: Photo ...
Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates: Photo Gallery
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Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates: Photo Gallery

Since we were just on a layover in Dubai, once we got near our ...
Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery
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Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery

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Masada Near the Dead Sea in Israel: Photo Gallery
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Masada Near the Dead Sea in Israel: Photo Gallery

We drove to Masada, Israel from Jerusalem in 2015 during the Christmas season. This is an ancient fortification that's located at the top of a plateau overlooking the Dead Sea and the Judaean Desert. According to legends, the Romans tried to overtake the fortification, but rather than submit, 960  jumped to their death and committed mass suicide.



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Cairo, Egypt to Amman, Jordan: Photo Gallery
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Cairo, Egypt to Amman, Jordan: Photo Gallery

We arrived about 11 hours early for our flight from Cairo to Amman because we misread the time on our tickets. That was the first and last time we ever did that. Instead of going back to our Cairo vacation rental, we just stayed at the airport and waited for our flight.

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The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel: Photo Gallery

The Church of the Nativity is located in Bethlehem, which is in the West Bank, Palestine. According to Christian tradition dating back to 327 C.E., it was built over the site where Jesus was born. The original basilica was destroyed by a fire two hundred years later during the Samaritan Revolts. A new basilica was built and today it's an UNESCO World Heritage site. We visited this location in the winter of ...
The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

According to modern tradition, the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, Israel is the path that Jesus was said to have walked on his way to the crucifixion. It's located in the Old City in Jerusalem, near the Wailing Wall. We stumbled upon it by accident on our way to other important sites like the Wailing Wall, the Mount of Olives, the Temple Mount, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A lot of Christians make a ...
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

The Temple Mount is one of the most important and disputed religious sites in the world. It's located on a hill in the Old City near the Wailing Wall. As Christians and white people, we weren't allowed to go inside beyond a certain gate. The Temple Mount is, according to tradition, where Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac before God intervened. The Jews regard it as a place where God's divine presence is ...
Driving in Jordan: Photo Gallery
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Driving in Jordan: Photo Gallery

We visited Jordan in January 2016. On our visit, we rented a car to drive from Amman to Wadi Musa to see Petra.

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Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

The Western Wall was our first stop on our urban hike through Jerusalem during our 4-day trip to Israel in December 2015. We took the Western Wall tunnels when we left the site to head toward the Temple Mount.The Wailing Wall or Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel is located in the Old City along with the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Temple Mount. It's the holiest site for Jews ...
Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

On our urban hike through Jerusalem, Israel in December 2014 we stopped to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We saw other sites like the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, and the Mount of Olives on the same urban hike.According to tradition, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (aka the Church of the Resurrection) is located in the Old City in Jerusalem along with the Via Dolorosa, the Temple Mount, and ...
Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery
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Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel: Photo Gallery

We went on an urban hike through Jerusalem during one of the four days that we were in Israel in December 2015. The final stop on our urban hike was the Mount of Olives. We arrived at the cemetery by accident after visiting some of the other major sites in Jerusalem's old city.Tourist attractions like the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel, are somewhat incomprehensible because they're a part of a ...
Driving in Israel: Photo Gallery
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Driving in Israel: Photo Gallery

On our 2015 visit to Israel we drove around the southern part of the country visiting the cities of Bethlehem, Jericho, Be'er Sheva, Kiryat Gat, Jersalem and Ein Gedi (among many others towns that we passed through). The driving in Israel was fairly straightforward, although the driving in the Palestinian territories was notably a bit more eccentric than in Jerusalem.

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