S: Europe September 27 to October 23, 2010
BC: Arrivederci Tarafindan iyi
FC: Our adventure begins...
1: Istanbul Turkey | No day is complete without "happy hour" | 8922 km from Edmonton, we start our journey in Istanbul Turkey | Spice Market | Three Amigos
2: Hagia Sophai (Divine Wisdom) is called the greatest house of worship in the Christian and Muslin worlds. The Great Church of Constantinople was built in A.D. 537. | For 900 years, it was the "eastern Vatican"; then a Mosque, now a museum.
3: The Blue Mosque was built in seven years--1609-1616-- by Sultan Ahmet. It is nicknamed for the rich color that dominates the interior. | Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet) | Istanbul, Turkey
4: Grand Bazaar | Istikial Street (Taksim Square) | Istanbul, Turkey | in | Fishing off the Galata Bridge | Tunnel
5: Tea Time at the Hotel Niles
6: Markets in Istanbul | Fish Market | Textiles | fresh vegetables
7: Every day life
8: 25,000 seat theatre | Ephesus - 10 BC | Street of Kuretes | The Thinkers
9: Nike | Library
10: "Meryemana" | The House of the Virgin Mary | This ancient house and small church are believed to be the place where St. John took the mother of Jesus after the crucifixion and from where she ascended to Heaven. | Kusadasi
11: In 431 A.D. Ephesus was the scene of the Third Ecumenical Council, during which Mary was proclaimed the Mother of Jesus. | Wishing Wall | People place notes written with a wish; if the wish comes true you must remove the note from the wall. | Statue of the Virgin Mary | Kusadasi, Turkey (bird Island) The main attraction is the ancient city, Ephesus and the house of the Virgin Mary located in the nearby hills.
12: The harbor provided shelter to the Ottoman Empire. | Today, a modern holiday resort | Marmaris, Turkey dates back to 3400 B.C.
13: Alanya, Turkey on the Gulf of Antalya | laying bricks | The "Dripping caves" are said to help with asthma and other illnesses | Situated between the Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea
14: Crac des Chevaliers, the most famous medieval citadel in the world | Tartous, Syria | Looking at Lebanon, 20 km away
15: Lunch, with our Gay Muslim server: is that a contradiction? And, yes that is Dee drinking beer! | Lunch time | Lunch consisted of typical Turkish appetizers and then roasted chicken with French fries and a banana for dessert.
16: "A screen saver to scare away robbers" | "A screen saver to scare away robbers"
17: Limassol, Cyprus was once a centre for the cult of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite. Cyprus's strategic location made it subject to regular invasions by powerful empires.
18: Church of St. Gabriel | Haifa, Israel, Nazareth, and the Sea of Galilee: historic locations & stunning scenery of where Jesus lived, preached and performed his miracles. | St. Joseph
19: St. Joseph | Sea of Galilee & Golan heights | Haifa, Israel: third largest city in the country
20: Bethlehem (West Bank) Today,majority of residents are Muslim | Bethlehem | Descend to the Grotto of the Nativity; the little alcove is said to be the manger where the infant Jesus was laid | The Jerusalem Cross. The four small crosses are symbolic of the four Gospels proclaimed to the four corners of the earth, beginning in Jerusalem; the large cross symbolizes the person of Christ
21: Church of St. Catherine | Bethlehem's Roman Catholic Church. From here the midnight Catholic Christmas mass is broadcast around the world. | Background is the West Bank Wall
22: Church of the Holy Sepulcher: this is believed to be the place where Jesus was crucified by the Romans, buried, and rose from the dead. Inside is the rectangular pink Stone of Unction, where the body of Jesus was cleansed and prepared for burial.
23: Mount of Olives, reputedly the oldest, still in use Jewish cemetery is more than 2000 years old. Garden of Gethsemane: after the Last Supper, Jesus prayed, was betrayed, and then arrested by the Romans. Western Wall is over 2000 years old.
25: Daily life in ancient Egypt revolved around the Nile and the fertile land along its banks. It is still much the same today. Cairo is the desired place to live; approx. 19 million people live here, causing housing crisis & population explosion. | Pyramids of Giza | Great Sphinx
26: Katakolon, Greece
27: Katakolon serves as the gateway to Olympia, which was the site of the original Olympic games, held in 776 BC.
28: "AMICI" | TRAVELLING COMPANIONS
29: Russ & Lanis | Joe & Caren | Meet the Bilyks
30: Taormina, Italy | Francis Ford Coppola | Walk from the Church, as in The Godfather | Taormina | Forza d"Agro
31: The Land of the Godfather | Savoca | Forza d"Agro | Bar Vitelli
32: Sorrento, Italy
33: Sorrento sits high above Mediterranean cliffs and overlooks the bay of Naples. Sorrento is the gateway to the Amalfi Drive.
34: Lunch with the Cardinals | Audience with the Pope | Pope Benedict XVI | On October 20, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI gave an audience to the public to canonized five new saints; one Canadian - Marie Marguerite d"Youville. 40,000 pilgrams were packed into St. Peter's square.
35: Pilgrimage to the Vatican
36: Florence designer: Michele Nigeri Liked it so much, I bought the coat! | Shopping in Florence for Christian Louboutin Shoes!
37: Eating lunch, at Curt & Dee's favorite Florence Restaurant Trattoria 4 Leoni
38: After traveling more than 4180 km, our journey ends