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Europe » Greece June 27th 2009

THE RED, THE DEAD, NOW THE MED DAY 73 We wake up on the boat in our little cabin and can't wait to get up and start our sailing adventure. Breakfast is hand squeeze OJ, bread, butter, jam, coffee, juice, cheese. Breakfast lingers on and Angie especially getting impatient. Finally the boat is underway however the winds are not favorable. So we have to motor out till we can catch the wind. The captain allows each of us to steer the boat. We find that steering with the sails up is a tricky business and needs constant and full attention to catching the wind. We are enjoying our ride even though the boat is leaning to one side while the sails are up. So most of us are on the starboard side to compensate. Some of ... read more
THE GALLEY
DINING TABLE
SMALLER THAN A COLLEGE DORM

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Kos June 22nd 2009

DAY 71 'KOS WE'RE GOING SAILING We take the BLUE STAR FERRY, a huge vessel on a three hour journey from Rhodes to Kos. We arrive and take a taxi to out lodging for the night. The apartment is 13 km out of Kos town and it sits across the road from the beach and has a really nice swimming pool. However there is no manager on the premises and we have no idea what to do and what room is ours. The people staying there said that they were given a room number and the key was left in the door for their arrival. There two doors with keys in them so we took one room but they had only two beds and we needed three beds. Being bold women we took a mattress from ... read more
RHODES BEAUTIFUL RHODES AGAIN
YVONNE  POSES WITH GEEK
A DOG'S LIFE

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes June 15th 2009

DAY 67-70 We depart this morning on the 8:30 hydrofoil from Fethıye to Rhodes. The trıp takes about 90 mınutes. Our time in Turkey has been amazing and surprising. Good Bye Turkey!! ISLAM Since we are leaving the Muslim countries we want to include some basic information and observations. The word Islam is an Arabic word meaning peace and submission. Islam is one of the Abrahamic religions, as are Judaism and Christianity. Some of the prophets of Islam includes but not limited to, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. The Muslims believe in: One God, The Angels, The Prophets, The Books of Allah and Fate and Divine Decree and Resurrection. The also have 5 pillars of faith that include Shahadah (Testimony), Salah (5 daily prayers), Sawm (Fasting) and Zakah (Purification of Wealth) and Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca, Those ... read more
MAIN SQUARE
RHODES MOSQUE
CLOCK TOWER

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Fethiye June 15th 2009

DAY 62 - 66 We arrive here from Pamukkale at around 9:30 PM and have to wait 30min. for the shuttle bus to take us to the V-Go Hostel. We did not make reservaations and the only thing available is a dorm room with 3 other women. A young Canadian man offered us his room which was a double bed. We took it since is was so late and figured that Angie was too tired to toss and turn like she usually does. We were assured that they would have a twin single the next day. But after a long day of hiking and swimming we come back to find we are in the same room. The hostel is nice with a swimming pool that we never use and a patio with bar that we ... read more
ONLY IN TURKEY
KAYA KOY
GHOST TOWN

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale June 15th 2009

DAY 62 This morning we had a great breakfast again. Angie had French toast and scramble eggs and more toast and Francine had cereal, fresh fruit and yogurt and Vegimite on toast again, much to Angie's disgust but definitely glad she is not eating this stuff. The main ingredient is yeast extract. And it's suppose to have lots of vitamins and minerals. Today we are off to Pamlukkale, so we board a bus for the 3 hour trip. We arrive at about noon. We have to find a bus right away that will take us on to Fethiye at around 5:00pm. We check 3 places and take the one that was 5 TL cheaper and offered us a shower when we return from the springs. It is just a short walk to the base of the ... read more
AUSTRALIAN BREAKFAST
NO IT'S NOT SNOW
WHITE TRAVERTINE COVERED MOUNTIAN

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ephesus June 13th 2009

DAY 60 This morning we board the ferry at 7am. We head across the channel of the Dardenelles to Canakkale on the mainland. Our bus is at 8am and we head off south to Selcuk and the ruins of Ephesus. We arrive in Selcuk at about 4pm. We were given a brochure on a hostel to stay while in this area. The bus office, just happens to be the place that call the hostel and we get a free ride since the place is 2 KM out of town. We arrive at Atilla's Getaway Hostel. It looks lovely, there is an in ground pool with water fountains and covered lounge areas with cushions on the floor. First thing we do is take a swim. Sooo refreshing after a long day on the bus. Next we sit ... read more
SYNCHRONISED SWIMMER
APRICOTS STRAIGHT FROM THE TREE
WORKING ON OUR TANS

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Gallipoli June 11th 2009

DAY 58 FREEDOM!! No more following orders, no more having to wait for others, no more hassles. We are on our own. We get up when we want and eat when we want! We eat breakfast with the last couple still remaining in Istanbul, Ray and Wendy who are staying to visit with their daughter.. Then we take a taxi to the bus station and off we go to Eceabat. On our travels we pull into a bus station along the way for a break. There is a bus next to ours. We get out to stretch our legs. Angie goes to the bathroom. Francine notices people looking at the front of the other bus. The windscreen is badly cracked and there is dry blood all across the front and two bloody hand prints on the ... read more
FRANCINE COUSTEAU
THERE'S ONE
MILO'S HULL

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul June 9th 2009

DAY 56 GOOD MORNING ISTANBUL! The porter comes around waking all of us about 30 minutes before embarking at the station. We arrive on the Asian side of Istanbul, Turkey and leave the station and proceed directly to the ferry that will take us to the European side of Istanbul. We are finding it hard to multi task. We're trying to struggle with our bags, take photos and hurry about to be where we need to be. But the first views of Istanbul are amazing. Leaving the ferry we have a short walk up the hill to our hotel. We are staying in the tourist area and it is only a short walk to all the tourist sights in the city. They have a very modern tram system that speeds thorough the streets and you always ... read more
WAKE UP CALL
ALL ABOARD THE ORIENT EXPRESS
WHERE EVER WE GO, THERE WE ARE!

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme June 8th 2009

DAY 54 This is the most unusual place in the world. The valley is filled with dome like towers that command the landscape. We take an early morning walk through Love Valley. You will see in the pictures the reason for the name. However the locals have a more descriptive name for this valley. There are abandoned cave homes throughout the area. The valley is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most people have been relocated to more modern homes. But there are still about 3 families that still live and farm in this valley and in their cave homes although they have strict guidelines to follow due to it being a heritage site. On the way back into town, we stopped at the local market for fruit and Francine bought some special tea that had ... read more
MOONSCAPE
LOVE VALLEY
ATTENTION

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Nigde June 4th 2009

DAY 51 Today we crossed the border from Syria into Turkey. We were warned that this could be a lengthy process with the Americans being the ones most scrutinized. The truth is that things went very smoothly for us Americans and everyone else but for May from Malta. No one at the border seemed to know what to do with a Maltese passport and it took time to locate the “special” stamp and to get a refund for money given for a visa. The border crossing included walking to several buildings to get a health check, pay departure tax, buy a visa and customs inspection. The entire process was only 2 hours. Rather short process according to our tour leader, Jess. our first stop after entering Turkey was to view an ancient monastery and to see ... read more
PRAYING THAT CROSSING INTO TURKEY GOES FAST
MCDONALD WANABEE
I'LL TAKE A PICTURE WITH ANYTHING




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