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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 ...
Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery
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Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery

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Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part III
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Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part III

After traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back again in 2010, we were very ready to spend some time seeing Istanbul's most famous sites (and to not have to worry about finding a new hotel every night without any reservations). While in Istanbul, we visited the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and the Haghia Sofia. This video documents our experiences at the Haghia Sofia and shows some of the Haghia ...
Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part II
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Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part II

In this video, we wander around the Haghia Sofia interior. On the inside of the building there are birds and cats that have taken up residence and hang out in the structure alongside travelers. One thing we've noticed in our travels is that some countries are "dog places" while others are "cat places." Arab and Muslim countries like Turkey are generally (in our experience) cat places where cats can be seen ...
Istanbul: Haghia Sofia
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Istanbul: Haghia Sofia

This video shows some of the Haghia Sofia interior. When we visited Turkey in 2010, we spent five days in Istanbul at the end of our trip to visit sites like the Topkapi Palace, the Haghia Sofia, and the Blue Mosque.Related Posts:Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part II (video)Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part III (video)Istanbul: View of the Haghia Sofia from Our Hotel Room (video) ...
Istanbul: View of the City from Our Hotel Room
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Istanbul: View of the City from Our Hotel Room

After driving from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back in 2010, we docked into a hotel in Istanbul where we stayed for the last five days of our trip. In this video, John spends some time orienting himself to where he is in Istanbul. From our hotel window, he can see the Topkapi Ferry Boat dock where we set off on a ferry with our rental car across the Marmara towards Assos on our first day in ...
Istanbul: View of the Haghia Sofia from Our Hotel Room
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Istanbul: View of the Haghia Sofia from Our Hotel Room

From our hotel room window in Istanbul, we could see both the Haghia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. Every day, we'd hear the call to prayer five times bellowing from these two famous and historically significant mosques. In this video, John takes a few minutes to document the incredible view.Related Posts:Istanbul: View of the City from Our Hotel Room (video)Istanbul: Haghia Sofia (video)Driving ...
Driving in Turkey: Istanbul Part II
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Driving in Turkey: Istanbul Part II

In 2010, we visited Turkey for 10 days and drove from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back. In this video, we're arriving back to Istanbul and looking for a hotel to stay in for the last five days of our trip, since we hadn't booked any reservations ahead of time. John was convinced that we'd find a hotel from a major chain (like a Marriott or Holiday Inn), despite the fact that we had seen any such thing during ...
Driving in Turkey: Ankara to Istanbul
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Driving in Turkey: Ankara to Istanbul

In 2010 we travelled to Turkey for 10 days to drive around the western part of the country from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back. We had no reservations (except for the first night) and no strict itinerary... And it was our first trip overseas EVER.Related Posts:Driving in Turkey: Selcuk (video)Driving in Turkey: Kusadasi (video)Driving in Turkey: Denizli Area (video)Driving in Turkey: ...
Travel Inn Cave Hotel in Cappadocia
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Travel Inn Cave Hotel in Cappadocia

We stayed at the Travel Inn Cave Hotel in Göreme during our 2010 visit to Cappadocia in western Turkey. When we first arrived at the hotel, we were enchanted and intrigued by the idea of spending the night in a cave. In this video, we check into the hotel and walk to our room. We were set to spend the night in the "Black Onyx" room, which at the time was set up with only one bed. So, Lydi would sleep on an ...
Turkey Tourism: On Getting Swindled in Cappadocia
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Turkey Tourism: On Getting Swindled in Cappadocia

Moments before, we'd been swindled by a husband-wife team outside an underground city in Cappadocia (not Derinkuyu). In this video we talk about our thoughts and experiences regarding the incident.Related Posts:Turkey Tourism: Cappadocia Underground Cities (video)Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City (video)Turkey Tourism: Underground City in Cappadocia (video) ...
Driving in Turkey: Narrow Alley in Cappadocia
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Driving in Turkey: Narrow Alley in Cappadocia

When we visited Turkey in 2010, we travelled from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back again. During our trip to Cappadocia, we stayed at the Travel Inn Cave Hotel in Göreme, Turkey. In this video, we drive through a narrow alley on our way to the hotel. We barely make it, and a man on a moped has to back up to let us through.Related Posts:Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City (video)Driving in ...
Turkey Tourism: Urgup
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Turkey Tourism: Urgup

On our 2010 trip to Turkey, we drove through Ürgüp in the western part of the country. Ürgüp (also known as Urgup) is a city in Nevsehir, Turkey in Cappadocia. In this video we drive through the city on our way from Cappadocia to Istanbul.Related Posts:Driving in Turkey: Selcuk (video)Driving in Turkey: Cappadocia and Goreme (video)Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City ...
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