S: Turkey and Greece 2011
BC: This experience is something that I will never forget. I hope to return and visit these places again and relive again. Enjoying this with my two friend Julie Anderson and Joy Spear Chief-Morris makes this something that we can look back on and remember the great moments that we had together.
FC: LCI Travel Group Turkey and Greece
1: Next stop Istanbul Turkey! | Day 1 Depart from Calgary Intonation Airport. Arrive in Frankfort Germany. Layover to Istanbul Turkey
2: On our second day we arrived in Istanbul around 4 pm, because of the 9 hr time difference our guide wanted us to stay awake till it was night to fall asleep so our internal clocks would change to Istanbul time. At this point i had about 5 hours of sleep in me which i got 2 days before.
3: We drove to to the Spice market and had our first experience with bargaining.
5: Our 3ed day we went to visited the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar
6: The Topkapi Palace | Istanbul Not Constantinople
8: The Blue Mosque. This is the only 6 pillar temple in the world. Its a Muslim temple still in use today. The women have to cover there heads when they enter temple and everyone must remove there shoes
10: I bought a Turkish top from a man who i then witnessed get taken away from the tourist police. | The entrance to the Grand Bazaar.
11: This was our last day in Istanbul. It was a beautiful place, flowers everywhere, ruins from the old times everywhere. | A store in the Grand Bazaar | From Egypt
12: The view on the roof of our hotel in Istanbul | What our room looked like | Day 4. Morning leaving for Troy!
13: To get to Troy and other ruins we had to cross a water way by fairy. | Now leaving Europe. Welcome to Asia!
14: Welcome To Troy! We went on the most perfect day. It was cloudy and rainy so it worked out for some fantastic photos. This was one of the highlights of the trip.
16: Day 5. We went to Pergamon. This is my favorite place out of everywhere we went. It was a fogy day so the ruins looked fantastic. It made everything seem so creepy and mythical. The best part about this place was that we got to stand on the ruins.
19: Mr. Fletcher and I walked down the old ample theater to see if we could be heard from those who were at the top. They heard us and we heard them!
20: After Pergamon we went to a carpet shop. Somewhere in the world someone owns a carpet the I got to help make.
21: We then went for lunch. This was the best place to eat the whole trip. Turkish pizza is the best thing I have ever eaten.
22: After lunch it started to rain. We were supposed to have a beach day but instead we went a played Turkish bowling. The only difference is that you wear your everyday shoes. It took a few throws to get the hang of it. I won in the lane I was in.
23: It was nice after bowling so we got some beach time at our hotel anyways. It was not super warm out, but we got our feet wet anyways. The water was freezing cold so we did not stay in long.
24: Day 6. Last day in Turkey | View from our hotel room in Dikili | Inside our hotel room. This room had two beds and a cot | We went to the house of the virgin Mary. We were not permitted to take photos in her house. This is the candle i lit as i exited the house | Entrance to The House Of The Virgin Mary | We got to write wishes on pieces of paper that we then tied on to a wall in hopes that our wish would come true.
25: Ephesus This was the busiest, and the hottest day that we had in Turkey. Ephesus is one of the wonders of the world. This civilization left so much for us to see. It was amazing to touch, see and learn about them while we were there.
26: Day 7. We got on the cruise ship for Greece. The cruise ship was fun, it aloud us to have more freedom because there was no way of us getting forgotten anywhere. I got to sleep on the bunk bed on the ship.
28: We stopped on the island of Patmos where we hiked up to St. Johns house. Pictures were not aloud in the house. While we were in there we lit candles once again.
29: Day 8. Our first stop of the day was on Crete. Everything was closed so we just looked around then returned to the ship.
30: As we were traveling to Santorini, Mr. Fletcher took Julie and I on a adventure, or as we called it a Flaventure. He got us into the captains deck! We were the only ones who got to do this!
32: Our last stop before the mainland was Santorini. I chose to do a ship excursion to the volcano that destroyed a lot of the island. After we hiked up the volcano we got on a ship and went to a hot spring where i got to swim in the Mediterranean sea . We then got to go back to the island and ride the donkey down the famous road to the cruise ship.
34: Day 9. We left the cruise ship and entered Athens!
35: We got settle at the hotel then left for the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
36: We then went to the parliament building and saw the changing of the guard.
37: The Parthenon was amazing. So beautiful. It was crazy to see how much of it was missing because of other places wanting it in there museums. Seeing it in person and how well preserved it was. Just crazy to think that I was there.
38: The Temple of Athena. | Temple of Zeus from the Parthenon
39: The next place we went to was the old Olympic Stadium which was pretty neat to be at. Joy and I were pretty excited for this part of the tour.
40: In the evening we had our Greek evening where we ate Greek food, yelled Opa and did a lot of Greek dancing. I tried lots of new food, and got to experience Greek culture full on.
42: Day 10 We drove to Mycenae to visit some more ruins. It was interesting, but not the best place i have been compared to Turkey. The downside of Greece was that you could not touch anything.
43: Our plane left at 5:55 AM for Frankfort. During the packing process, Joy, Julie and I had Hercules music playing. We stayed up most of the night talking about the trip and wishing we could stay longer. Before we knew it the alarm went off and we had to be down stairs ready to depart for the airport.
44: The beauty I found in Turkey and Greece was remarkable. The flowers were beautiful everywhere i went.