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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk December 11th 2013

On est allé à la vielle ville de Ephesus. C'était 5 minutes loin du village où on restait. C'est ville est une femme, avec le temple de Artemis et Hestes, en plus on pense que la maison de la vierge Mary est sur un colline à côté de la ville. Les Romans a mis un bain juste en avant de l'entrée pourque tout le monde a un bain avant d'entre dans la ville. Ibo a expliqué les choses sur les bain. On a vu les colonnes et les statues. Il y a une place pour les assémblées, un petit chamber à un côté où il fait leur décisions. On a vu les temples de Artemis et Hestes. On a payé un peu plus pour voir les planches mosaics c'est encroyables tous les differents motifs et dessins ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk December 11th 2013

We drove to a new city today. About 15km from the town we stopped for lunch at a family run restaurant to learn how to make turkish cuisine. It was really cool and interesting, but it was too bad I wasn't feeling too good. I didn't get the full taste of it, but it was still good. We learned a lot on how the food is prepared and that they use mostly just fresh ingredients, that they have grown and the olive oil that the man made. After the meal, we went to the town. We had free time the rest of the day so we went to look at the shops. Then mom went in to a jewelry shop and we were there for about 1hour, I played a game of backgammon and I WON!!! ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya December 11th 2013

We left Antalya at 2:00pm after shopping at the square and little shops all over then wandering the town and walking with a full view of the Mediterranean. We then got in the van for a long ride to the next town. When we got there it was about 6:00pm so we got settled in and went to an all you can eat buffet at a 4 star hotel. It was about a 20 minute walk away. They had a good meal set and I had lots of food. After paying we went home and played backgammon till 10:00pm. Good night snake wangler... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya December 11th 2013

We had a really nice breakfast. Then went to Antalya. It took five hours with stops now an again. Once we arrived we checked in to our hotel with was really nice. Mom and me had a room with a double and a single bed. I got the single and mom on the double. We then went with the group to a nice restaurant. Ibo told us some good places to go. Then 7 of us went to the beach, while Francisco went to the museum. I went in for a swim. The water was cold but nice. We then headed back to the hotel when the sun started to set. We then all went for supper at the castle restaurant. I got deep fried mussels that were real tasty. Then we split up; some went ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Konya December 11th 2013

We went to a new town. It was a 4 hour drive away. One of the stops we made we saw an old caravan stop, (a caravan stop is where travellers from all over gather and sell their produces). Mom bought me some gloves because I had thought I had lost them. In Konya we stop to see the largest whirling dervish school in Turkey. Not only a school but a grave for the man who got the closet to the god Allah. to be a whirling dervish you must study there for 1001 days. We then went to a wooden Mosque. It was amazing; it had a hole in the middle where they collected snow for water when it melted. After the Mosque, we finally showed up at the family's house we were staying at. ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme December 11th 2013

We went to the open air museum just out side of Göreme. The open air museum is not a museum with ancient artefacts of Turkey it's a lot of cave churches with paintings from all over the country from Sudan and others. We learned a lot about the culture and how hard it was to live in that time. After the museum we went for lunch, the restaurant was one that's in the rock face! We had a really good pottery kabob. We then went for a hike, there were places where I got to run up one side then up the other one. Me and mom played tag with Jill a little bit. We went to an old church school thats not in function any more. We then went and saw a pottery demonstration where ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Canakkale December 9th 2013

We started with a trip to Troy. Troy is the oldest city in Turkey. It was rebuilt 9 times. The first Troy was built with high walls in 3000BC. It's really hard to wrap your brain around it. People were building cities 5000 years ago and figuring out the architecture to build stone walls for protection. The walls of Troy and many of the outlines of its buildings for the era of Helen are still standing. You can stand at the gates or on the thick wall remnants and imagine a thousand ships sailing in to get her back. The afternoon we spent sailing back and forth between Europe and Asia. It's a neat feeling to be in a country that straddles two continents. We went to visit Gallipoli. It has hit home again and again ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya December 8th 2013

Woolly says – The days pass so pleasantly here, sitting on the balcony watching the huge cruise liners arriving in the harbour and all those lucky people getting to sample the wonderful resort of Alanya. Jo and Ian have finished painting the apartment ready for next year’s visitors, I have of course helped by directing operations and telling them where spots have been missed, not that they thank me for this. Woolly is as helpful as a chocolate fire guard and keeping his paws out of the paint has been more of a challenge than actually painting every wall in sight. Having realised that I was still missing my thick waterproof winter coat we took a day off from the emulsion and headed to our friends in the hills behind Mahmultar to rummage through the garage ... read more
Overlooking of the Christmas Market
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Mr and Mrs Claus'

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ephesus December 7th 2013

This was our day to visit Ephesus. This ancient city was rebuilt 4 times due to earthquakes and fire. Ephesus's streets are paved with marble and lined with columns. The library was the third largest in its time. There were bath houses for the rich and poor. The council amphitheatre was bigger then most of our playhouses now, and the amphitheatre for drama and games could hold 24000 people. There is a part of the ruins that are covered and excavated with exacting care. Here the terrace homes display their painted walls with birds and vines, fruit and flowers. The floors are covered in mosaics of increasing complexity. Other rooms have panels of marble split to have mirrored images in stone side be side. The terraced house climb on top of each other as they move ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale December 7th 2013

Near Pamukkale there is a large, well preserved ancient Roman city. We walked through its streets and Necropolis. The Necropolis is huge since many people came to this city to try to be cured of illnesses by the hot springs. There is rank upon rank of tombs and older style tumulus, where they mounded earth in a circle over top a tomb. There are tombs set on top of tombs. You can see some carvings left, to protect their owners. The city has some of its market preserved, the latrines, a large part of its library, the theatre is in very good shape (could fit 3000), and parts of the Artemis temple although the Apollo lies under water in the calcium hot spring pool due to earth quakes. Walking through the market and sitting on the ... read more
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