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Türkiye #8: Magical Cappadocia

Dear friends, After our cruise along the Turquoise Coast and our visit to Ephesus, we said good by to three of our group, and the remaining four of us flew to Kayseri in Central Türkiye, and from there carried on by van to the region known as Cappadocia. I won't be the first and [...]

Türkiye #7: Ephesus, Sirince and carpets galore

Dear friends, Probably the best-known of all the ancient sites in Türkiye is Ephesus, so of course we had to visit. Unlike most of the sites we visited along the coast, where we were often the only visitors, this place was pretty busy with tourists, many 'selfie' occupied. Historical accounts and archaeological remains of [...]

Türkiye #6: Hiking, nomads, ruins, shipboard life

Dear friends, This last episode from the Turquoise Coast takes us on a long hike with beautiful views, meeting a nomadic family, a visit to the ancient city of Kaunos, and the winding river through the marsh and reeds for a brief stop in Dalyan. After a rainstorm in the night, it was lovely [...]

Türkiye #5: Lycian cities, village hospitality, a monastery, a ghost town and a museum

Dear friends, I will cover a couple more days of action and fun in this episode and include an ancient city or two, a delicious lunch, and a walk through a little village high on a plateau above the coast, an island monastery, a deserted village, and a museum. Never a dull moment, that's [...]

Türkiye #4: History and myth, tombs and castles

Dear friends, Before beginning this episode, I want to add a little more about Lycia which I mentioned in my last story when showing a photo of the distinctive Lycian carved stone tombs.  The earliest references to Lycia can be traced through Hittite texts to sometime before 1200 BC when it is known as [...]

Türkiye #2: An acropolis, an archaeological museum, Alacasu Cove

Dear friends, The start of our journey along the Mediterranean Coast, often referred to as the Turquoise Coast, began in Antalya, now one of Türkiye's premier resort areas with a majestic coastline and a backdrop of the towering Taurus Mountains. Although there had been successive habitations at this site, the city was founded in [...]

Antarctica #8 – Plenty of penguins and whales

Dear friends, This will be my last blog from the Antarctic Peninsula, as after this day we just had the long way north across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia before disembarking and heading back to Buenos Aires. Having travelled only a short distance north from the day before we had a morning excursion to the [...]

Antarctica #7 – Rough seas and seals

Dear friends, We had a fairly rough passage up the west coast of Adelaide Island overnight and through the morning, so it was quite exciting to spend a little time up on the bridge and watch the waves breaking over the prow and often splashing right up over the windows. But when we came into [...]

Antarctica #6 – Paddling, plunging and rocking

Dear friends, A recap on where we have got to on our Antarctic adventure - the last blog was about Red Rock Ridge and Stonington Island which was the furthest south we venture into waters at 68 degrees south. We then travelled north for two more stops - Horseshoe Island and Bourgeois Fjord, marked 4 [...]

Antarctica #5 – South of the Antarctic Circle

Dear friends, After our transverse of the Lemaire Channel and our zodiac zipping through the Iceberg Garden, we traveled further south overnight and all through the following morning.  We passed more and more huge icebergs and even witnessed a few calving. A chunk of this iceberg cracking of the left end, and creating a dramatic [...]

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