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Greece 2014: Day Two, Thermopylae and Meteora

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

Happy Easter everyone! This morning we picked up the rental van and drove from Athens to Thermopylae, where the famous Spartan King Leonidas and his personal bodyguard of 300 (and the couple thousand other Greeks forgotten by popular history) gave their blood to delay Xerxes’ Persian forces. There is not much left on the site, […]

Greece 2014: Day One, Athens

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

Today was supposed to be a day focusing on the National Archaeological Museum and the New Acropolis Museum, but we made a last-minute decision to take advantage of the good weather and go straight to the Acropolis. The Metro was on strike (as happens from time to time) so we were glad to be staying […]

Turkey 2014 – Day Seven, Pergamon

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 | No Comments

This morning we left Selcuk and made the 2 hour drive to Bergama, the modern city near ancient Pergamon. I think I’m getting the hang of this driving-in-Turkey thing; if I can handle Istanbul I can handle anything! From now on, though, we will rent our car from the Sabiha Gokcen airport rather than the […]

Turkey 2014 – Day six, Ephesus

Monday, April 21st, 2014 | No Comments

We spent all morning walking around Ephesus, one of the largest, and most visited, sites in Turkey. Known in antiquity for its now destroyed Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), Ephesus in its prime was the third largest city in Roman Asia Minor with around 50,000 people residing within […]

Turkey 2014 – Day Five, Miletus

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Yesterday we spent a restful day in sunny Bodrum, needed after a few days of hard travel. This morning we piled back into the car and drove an hour and a half to the site of ancient Miletus. This site ranks high on or all-time-favorites list for many reasons: it is a large site replete […]

Turkey 2014 – Day Four Hierapolis to Bodrum

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 | No Comments

After a late night drive and early morning wake-up call, Pamukkale greeted us with dark skies and rain showers. Sleepiness and dampness aside, we were excited to get into the adjacent ruins and check out the museum! We have been here before but we visited on a Monday, when the museum is closed. After breakfast, a […]

Turkey 2014 – Day Three Istanbul to Pamukkale

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 | No Comments

The weather has continued glorious. Mid sixties. Pleasant breeze. Perfect! This morning, after another typical Mediterranean breakfast of bread, meat, cheese, and olives, we packed our bags, checked out of our hotel, and trundled off to the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Yesterday, passing in the vicinity of the museum, we’d asked about a cloak-room—someplace where we […]

Turkey 2014 – Day Two, Istanbul

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 | No Comments

After a surprisingly productive night of sleep, we enjoyed a light breakfast at our hotel, the Karslioglu. Freshly boiled eggs, olives, meat and cheese, honey, and a loaf of bread each – not bad at all. Your body has trouble adjusting not only to the new sleeping pattern, it also gets a bit confused about […]

Turkey 2014 – Day One, Arriving in Istanbul

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 | Comments Off

Tim and I left the states around 5:00 pm (EST) Monday and arrived in Istanbul at 3:45 pm (seven hours ahead of EST). Flying overseas is a long ordeal and really wipes you out. Arriving at the airport early, a couple of layovers, and long flights add up, especially when you have trouble sleeping on […]

In Honor of Desperation

Monday, March 31st, 2014 | Comments Off

Desperation, I suggest, is a tremendously important and vastly under-appreciated spiritual characteristic. We would rather champion commitment or discipline or strict obedience. We would sooner lionize love, joy, peace, patience and all the other spiritual fruit that spiritual people might bear. But beneath every spiritual blessing lie the gasped pleadings of the spiritually destitute. “Only […]

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