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Turkey Tourism: National Park Kusadasi
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Turkey Tourism: National Park Kusadasi

On our 2010 trip to Turkey we drove around the western part of the country from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back. In this video, we're on the coast of the Aegean Sea at the Dilek Peninsula-Büyük Menderes Delta National Park. This was our very first trip overseas, so we were wary of most things (even the gorgeous, clear, clean water shown in this video). It was just a few years later that we would ...
Turkey Tourism: St. John’s Basilica Selçuk and Isa Bey Mosque
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Turkey Tourism: St. John’s Basilica Selçuk and Isa Bey Mosque

We went on a self-driven, self-planned "tour" of western Turkey in 2010. In this video, we had stopped to check out St. John's Basilica and the Isa Bey Mosque in Selçuk.Related Posts:Driving in Turkey: Selcuk (video)St. John's Basilica and Isa Bey Mosque in Selçuk, Turkey: Photo GalleryTurkey Tourism: Coliseum Acoustics (video)Turkey Tourism: Miletus Sheep Dog Incident at Greek Ruins ...
Turkey Tourism: Canakkale, Assos Ruins
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Turkey Tourism: Canakkale, Assos Ruins

In 2010 we travelled through western Turkey for 10 days. Our visit to Assos in Canakkale was our first encounter with ancient ruins of any kind. The modern town is called Behramkale, although many continue to call both the ruins and the village Assos.Related Posts:Assos, Turkey Ruins: Photo GalleryTurkey Tourism: Coliseum Acoustics (video)Turkey Tourism: Miletus Sheep Dog Incident at Greek ...
Turkey Tourism: Call to Prayer at Pergamon
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Turkey Tourism: Call to Prayer at Pergamon

We visited Turkey in 2010 and traveled through western Turkey by car from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back. At the ruins of Pergamon, John captured the afternoon call to prayer in Bergama, Turkey. Pergamon overlooks the modern city of Bergama (also known as Bergamot).Related Posts:Call to Prayer in Cairo, Egypt (video)Egypt Tourism: Call to Prayer in Cairo (video)Egypt Tourism: Call to Prayer ...
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No Reservations. No Regrets: Driving Western Turkey — By Jennifer Shipp
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No Reservations. No Regrets: Driving Western Turkey — By Jennifer Shipp

In 2010, I was terrified about our first overseas trip. My terror had infected my psyche on so many levels that by the time our plane leaned into the airport in Istanbul, Turkey and I caught my first glimpse of the pink rooftops in the city, my spirit had left my body and it was standing in the aisle screaming. Turkey was the first country I ever saw outside of the U.S. and I imagined our trip would go ...
Destinations — By Jennifer Shipp
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Destinations — By Jennifer Shipp

We arrived in Istanbul during the tulip festival when the moon was full and the air was still chilly. John had elected to drive on that trip, for reasons that now seem silly. We’d watched YouTube videos of driving in Turkey and convinced ourselves that it wouldn’t be that bad. That was our virgin journey abroad, back in the days when we still believed the erroneous myth that “everyone in the world speaks ...
Trading Comfort for Awe — By Jennifer Shipp
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Trading Comfort for Awe — By Jennifer Shipp

On the slow descent downward, I didn’t know that my parachute hadn’t opened all the way.

The man on the radio said, “Toggle right,” and I toggled right. He said, “Toggle left,” and I toggled left. I toggled a lot--right, left, right, left-- because from the ground, the radio man could see that my parachute wasn’t opening properly and the he was trying to help me fix the problem.<br ...
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