Page 9 of Travels with Tom and Alice Travel Blog Posts

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas April 11th 2008

April 9 - 10, 2008 Cirali to Kas, Turkey Today we were picked up by our guide / driver for the day trip to Kas on the coast. On our way to Kas we visited the small city of Demre and visited some interesting rock tombs and another ancient city complete with temple, amphitheater and the usual other facilities. The tombs are carved into caves on the side of a small mountain and have very beautiful “facades” on the face of the rocks to cover the front of the tombs. Our next stop was the Church of St Nicholas. YUP!!! The same St. Nicholas we know as Santa Claus. He was the bishop, of the Orthodox Church in the byzantine times, in this town about 1500 hundred years ago. Obviously the locals are taking advantage of ... read more
The birth place of St Nick.  Really !!!

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Olympos April 9th 2008

April 7 - 8, 2008 Cirali, Turkey We took a 1½ hour bus ride to the small beach town of Cirali on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. On first arriving we wondered why our travel company had sent us here as this is a very quiet resort town and most of the businesses were just opening for the season. We took a walk into the village for a late lunch and had a look at the very nice beach area. The next morning we spoke to the owner of the hotel ( a Turk who lived in Canada for a few years ), The Canada Hotel, about things to do in the area. We found out there is a very nice old ruins of an important ancient city called Olympos that is a good hike down ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya April 7th 2008

April 5 - 6, 2008 Konya and Antalya, Turkey We spent our Saturday morning in Konya prior to our 5 hour bus trip to Antalya on the south coast of Turkey. This city is a very important place for those of the Muslim faith as it has several important Mosques and some interesting historical Islamic artifacts and an important museum with many different, very old, copies of the Koran in many different forms. This is a quiet city and we enjoyed a short walk through the downtown to Aladdin’s Park. We never quite figured out why, but this place has way too many candy stores all selling a few different version of the same sugar candy. Had to buy some of course just to try it. Our afternoon bus trip was a very enjoyable 5 hour ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia April 5th 2008

April 3 - 4, 2008 Cappadocia, Turkey. Wow !! What an interesting place. Cappadocia is roughly in the center of Turkey at some altitude in a hilly and mountainous region. The hills and mountains of this region are composed of a soft sandstone type of material and for thousands of years people have been digging into the hills creating caves to live in and for monasteries and religious sites. Even today the many of the caves are occupied by local families and many new caves have been created to store vegetables and other products as they provide a near perfect constant cool storage environment. Our hotel, Gamirasu Hotel, is part of one of these old cave settlements and the rooms, restaurant etc. are all caves cut into the hills. Some rooms have been “improved” with additional ... read more
Our Room in a cave.

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul April 3rd 2008

April 1 - 2, 2008 Istanbul, Turkey We arrived in Istanbul in the afternoon and checked into our hotel that was right across the street from the very old shopping “Bazaar”. We spent the afternoon snooping around the bazaar and checking out the many shops. You would not believe this place !!!! There are over 3000 shops in this place and I think half of them are gold and /or jewelry shops. Alice went crazy !!! It is really an amazing place. We did find some good deals on some gold. Besides the gold there is always the famous spices and “Turkish Delight” sweets at a about a 1000 shops and of course the souvenir, carpet and fabric stores. It is an adventure in itself just walking around this place as some of the vendors are ... read more
Too much GOLD !!

Africa » Egypt April 2nd 2008

Egypt General Comments. We have to comment on our very positive general experience in Egypt. We liked Cairo very much. This is a very nice city ( a little too big and busy ) with friendly people, good accommodation and very good food. We loved the trip to Aswan, Luxor and the Nile River, and we enjoyed our 2 days at Sharm el Sheik and the resort. Alexandria was a great finish to a very nice visit to this part of the world. Traveling in predominately Muslim countries takes some getting used to with all the time out for prayers and the early morning wake-up call everyday with the very loud call to prayers from all the mosques ( over 1000 in Cairo ) and some very formal rules related to Islam including not being able ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Mediterranean » Alexandria April 1st 2008

March 30 - 31 Alexandria, Egypt We got an early start today for the 3 hour drive through the countryside to Alexandria. This was a very enjoyable drive with a good look at the very productive agricultural area between Cairo and Alexandria. We were surprised to see the wide variety of crops. Vineyards, Olive groves, Fruit, Nuts, Palms, Wheat, animal feed and some very big banana plantations. Lots of small farms but some big operations as well. It’s amazing what you can do in a desert with a little water. I can’t imagine why there is a bread shortage here. On the way we noticed many tall cone / beehive shaped brick towers, all full of small holes, at many of the farms along the way. We had no idea what they were but were told ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Lower Egypt » Cairo March 29th 2008

March 28 - 29 Cairo, Egypt Friday morning we were picked up for some more sightseeing in Cairo. We began with a visit to several big Mosques and a local shopping market and finished after lunch with a visit to the very impressive Egyptian Museum. You could spend a few weeks in this place if you wanted to see all the exhibits. They tell us that about 3% of what they have is on display and the rest is catalogued and in storage. They have done an excellent job as the museum is laid out in different time periods to make it easier to follow how things progressed over the last 5 or 6 thousand years. Unfortunately unless you are an expert in this history it becomes a little overwhelming. Still a very interesting place with ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh March 27th 2008

March 25 - 27, 2008. Sharm eL Sheikh We arrived in Sharm el Sheikh, on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, on Tuesday evening at the Savoy Resort after a short flight from Luxor. Looking forward to a couple of days of relaxing. Wednesday we spent the day at the resort with some scuba diving and a day relaxing at the pool and beach. I did 2 dives at the reef very close to the resort. The dive site I visited is just a short walk out on a jetty, into the water and presto you are at the reef. This is a nice reef with decent coral and a fair amount of fish. We covered both ends of the reef and the start of a large canyon that goes down into the Red Sea. It ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Upper Egypt » Luxor March 25th 2008

March 24, 2008 Luxor, Egypt Monday morning we had a very early wake up call to beat the large crowds that visit the many temple sites in Luxor. Luxor was the capital of the united North and South Egypts for many hundreds of years and because of this many important sites are here. These include the Valley Of The Kings and The Valley Of The Queens on the west side of the Nile and the Luxor and Karnac Temples on the east side. The Valley Of The Kings has many excavated burial tombs including a very small but very famous tomb, The tomb of King Tut. Famous because it was one of the only tombs found that hadn’t been looted and all the artifacts were still in the tomb when it was discovered. King Tut was ... read more

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