S: Turkey 2012
FC: To Travel is To Live Turkey 2012
1: Istanbul, Turkey | Column of the Serpent from temple of Apollo 479 BC | Egyptian Obelisk from Temple of Karnak 4th Century BC | Sherifa "cheers" | Column of Constantine
3: "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - Saint Augustine
5: Built in 532 AD by Emperor Justinian served as seat of Orthodox Church of Constantinople When Ottomans took the city in 1453 Mehmet the Conqueror converted it into an imperial mosque in the far mosaic Constantine is presenting Mary and Jesus with gift of his city and and Justinian presenting the Haja Sophia
6: EIFFEL | TOWER | TURKEY
7: Travel is adventure | Acropolis of Pergamum settled by the Greeks in 8th Century
8: "Life is a journey not a destination." - RALPH WALDO EMERSON
9: Chios, Greece
10: House of Virgin Mary | Mary was brought to Ephesus after the Resurrection of Christ by Apostle John. While the building was discovered in ruins in 1890 the foundation was dated back to 6th Century and rebuilt as it would have looked like.
11: FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE | The faithful write wishes and tie them to the wall. Below is holy water from a nearby spring.
12: Lunch at the Seven Sleepers | According to legend a group of Christian youths who hid inside a cave outside Ephesus around 250 AD to escape persecution awoke 300 years later . Food here was cooked the traditional way by the women above. Served to us open air on big soft cushions under a canopy tent.
13: Ephesus one of the greatest ruined cities in the world. A Greek city first built here in 1000 BC. Ephesus was founded in 4th century BC by Lysinachus successor to Alexander the Great. But it was under the Romans that Ephesus became the chief port on the Aegean.
15: LIFE IS A JOURNEY
16: Hierapolis | Pamukkale | 2012 | When water from hot spring loses carbon dioxide it leaves deposits of limestone which build up creating the cotton castle look. | Sacred pool of Apollo a hot mineral spring where Cleopatra was known to come for the healing waters.
18: Oludeniz , Turkey at the Belcekiz Beach Hotel
19: A travel adventure has no substitute. It is the ultimate experience, and is made better with good friends.
20: BON VOYAGE
23: Our First Balloon Trip
27: Home again with wonderful memories.