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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Yalikavak July 20th 2007

Geo: 37.1014, 27.2989Josh: Sorry we haven't blogged much in the last few days. We couldn't get an internet connection. Yesterday, my little brother, my Dad and I sneaked off to the beach while my Mom and Kate were asleep. We left a note that said we were beach bound. We played at the beach for a while. When we got back, Kate and Mom had just gotten ready to come after us--how ironic. These things just seem to happen, don't they? We hung out at the villa for a while, had a snack and went to the pool. We goofed around, played games, met a French girl and basically had a good time at the pool. When we left, we got lunch at home. We had cherry yogurt that mom made and some leftover chicken. Then ... read more
Dinner on the porch
Family and sunset
Gonna miss his Dad

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Bodrum July 19th 2007

Geo: 37.0391, 27.4302Dad and Josh watched the sun rise together today. Here are a few of their pictures. They noted that the sun rises quite quickly here. I don't know how one would explain that.We've been woken the last few nights/mornings by random dogs barking. Josh saw one of them this morning. He was running up and down the loop that goes near the house. Josh described him as acting like Paul Revere, giving the alert to the other neighborhood dogs.Nearly all the females here wear bikinis at the beach, regardless of age or weight. It's somewhat emboldening. Perhaps I will buy one before the summer is over. Clearly no one here cares what I look like. I seem to own the only tankini. Josh observed that being overweight carries many health risks: "getting cholesterol, getting ... read more
sunrise 3
sunrise over Rabbit Island, Turkey

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Bodrum July 18th 2007

Geo: 37.0391, 27.4302While the dateline on these entries says Bodrum, all our entries (for the most part) going forward are from Gundogan. We visited Bodrum briefly yesterday and it was really a madhouse. The don't call it the Monte Carlo of the Aegean for nothing! That place was hoppin' with discos and upscale restaurants. All the prices on the boards went from lira to Euros and Pounds. We also heard a lot more English.Josh: Today we hung out at the villa in the morning. We found Special K at the Kipa and we ate that for breakfast. We walked out to a beach that we didn't usually go to. We had more fun there than at the other beach. I liked it better because it had two rafts, it was great for snorkeling, there was a ... read more
On the pier
Swimming pier at local beach
View of the local beach

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Bodrum July 17th 2007

Geo: 36.9575, 27.131This is information from our host. It's about a holy day that is celebrated today:Kandil It is necessary to add that Turks have a personal way of following Islam. A great number of Muslim Turks will enjoy a nice alcoholic beverage, smoke cigarettes and make the most of the "good things in life", though taking care not to do these during religious occasions such as Ramazan (Ramadan) or the Kandil. This is, of course, an unofficial declaration on your researchers part.Ramazan is the holy month when for thirty days a good Muslim lets nothing pass his/her lips during daylight hours; no eating, drinking, smoking or even licking a postage stamp. Some restaurants and nightclubs are closed during the month of Ramazan. Mosque festivals are called Kandil, which means Candle. It is so called because ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Bodrum July 17th 2007

Geo: 36.9575, 27.131We have a very spotty DSL connection here, so I think there are going to be fewer photos in the coming weeks. If I can figure out how to fix that, I certainly will. Right now we are starting to make wish lists for our visitors from the states. DVDs and peanut butter and English reading material are high on the list, as is the newest Harry Potter release.The highlight of the villa has to be our eating area which is just gorgeous. It makes even the hot dogs/sausages that we are grilling up for lunch today look classy. Mike observed that the lighter fluid here is significantly more combustible. He was very cautious and still lost some arm hair to the cause. I don't think there will be any more grilling after he ... read more
Castles underway

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara » Gündoğan July 15th 2007

Geo: 36.9499, 27.4219Here is the first part:Today's favorite part of the day will undoubtedly be the shuttle bus ride from the hotel to the airport. The bus with the driver and another guy showed up about 20 minutes late. This was apparently due to their need to gas up. Luckily, we left ourselves plenty of time. We laughed about this some more as our driver wove over around and through the backstreets of Istanbul, obviously lost. I say obviously because we were revisiting scenes from National Lampoon's European Vacation when Chevy Chase cruised the same streets over and over saying, "Big Ben, Parliament!"Eventually we got loose and onto the freeway and things were looking good. We were only running about 40 minutes behind. Then our bus sideswiped a taxi. Mike was able to get video of ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul July 15th 2007

Geo: 41.1075, 28.7079Josh: Today was our last full day in Istanbul. Once we got up we went to an archeology museum. It was kind of fun, but they mostly just said what period the item was from and what it was made out of. Some things changed because they might have been more creative or made out of a different kind of rock, but some just didn't. We didn't like it that much and even mom and dad were ready to leave. We left and went to a pide place that we went to the last few days. We really liked the pide there and we wrote a note on a postcard and gave it to the manager with our money. When we were done we talked about what we were going to do after that. ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul July 14th 2007

Geo: 41.1075, 28.7079Yes, we are starting to lose steam. Today our plan was not very ambitious. We only had the Istanbul Archeology Museum left on our to-do list. We also needed to come up with a way to get the the airport on the Asian side of the city in time for our plane tomorrow. After checking, we went to a recommended agency and arranged for a shuttle. They usually only have two per day so we were resigned to arriving at the airport many hours early (again), but luckily someone else had arranged for a shuttle to pick them up about noon so we are going to fill the shuttle going in the other direction. It's a win/win.After checking that off the list we had the rest of the day to spend at the ... read more
Another eagle/serpent
Josh is not alone
Josh's Istanbul babe

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul July 13th 2007

Geo: 41.1075, 28.7079Kate: Today we went to the Dolmabache palace. It was all beautiful. There were flowers, green grass and the person who designed it was the man who designed the Paris Opera house. When we toured the palace there were huge, expensive chandeliers in each room, a crystal staircase and original paintings in the halls. After the palace we had lunch and mom and I decided to go to a Turkish bath. Traditionally, in the days before it was common to have running water, a Turkish bath, or hamam, was a place where people could go to get clean and socialize. Here are the different steps that we went through today. First we walked in and chose what our Turkish bath would include. We chose the second package that had a soap massage, a hairwash ... read more
Attaturk's deathbed
Crazy mirror
Mirror on the way out of the harem

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul July 13th 2007

Geo: 41.1075, 28.7079It was something we really wanted to try and were really looking forward to, but didn't know what to expect: the traditional Turkish Hamam. We (Kate and I) chose to go to a 400+ year old hamam that was designed by the preeminent architect of the Ottoman era: Sinan. I thought the architecture would be more impressive and, I imagine it is in the men's section. This hamam and most others are segregated either by area or by time/day. Since we are women, we didn't get to see the more ornate side. It's still up in the air whether or not Mike will go and report back on how the other half bathes.When you go in you select what you want to do off the menu. I picked the scrub and soapy massage. For ... read more

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