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  • Day21

    Last Day of Abbreviated Europe Trip

    March 18, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 46 °F

    Our departure day is nearly at hand ... much earlier than anticipated when we set out from Colorado on 27 February. Tomorrow morning we head to the airport to begin the long haul back.

    We’re sad, but the circumstances are what they are. Our goal now is to get home safe and sound. Reports from several friends who have entered the US from overseas in the past few days indicate no hassles or delays at the airports ... at least at the international terminals. 🤞🏻our experience follows suit.

    This morning Aylin hosted us for breakfast. Afterwards, Mui and I left to get haircuts at the barber at the US military facility here in İzmir ... one less thing to have to deal with when we get home.

    Since we had time before our appointment, we decided to take a circuitous route to get to the barber. The weather was nice and a bit of fresh air was in order ... felt really good after two bone-chillingly cold days. I’ve never seen Kordon, the waterfront promenade, this deserted ... except perhaps on census day. With all the bars, pubs, cafés, bistros, coffee houses, and similar establishments temporarily closed by government decree, only a few souls were out and about ... and most of those people were fishing on the boardwalk. The shops were mostly deserted ... some limiting the number of patrons who can enter at any one time to two or three.

    I’m now at mom’s ... Aylin and Murat joined us for afternoon tea. As did Mui ... after taking care of a few last minute errands. We’ll have dinner together as a family before Mui and I head back to the condo for an early night ... we’ll be off to the airport at 6:00a.
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  • Day20

    Turkey’s Kolonya Culture

    March 17, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 48 °F

    Limon Kolonyası. What is that, you ask? It’s cologne with a lemon fragrance, though there are other aromas as well ... lavender being another popular version ... as is lily. Every household in Turkey has a bottle of two on a shelf or in a cabinet ... always.

    Kolonya has a high alcohol content — as much as 80% — which gives it a refreshing quality. It’s quite popular to offer it to guests for that purpose. Or to be offered some when you go to a restaurant ... or into a shop ... or even when you travel by bus on a long distance trip. It’s very much a staple that is readily offered to people who go to visit a sick person ... whether in a hospital or at home. I can think of a lot of other circumstances where kolonya is used, but you get the idea. It is and always has been part of daily life in Turkey.

    Of course, due to its alcohol content, kolonya also has an anti-bacterial effect ... always a good thing ... even more so in this day and age of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a good tradition to continue for sure.

    Which explains the long lines at the outlet shop of one of the producers of this fragrant cologne. Mui encountered this long line when he went downtown to pick up a couple of bottles for mom and Aylin. Needless to say, with no social distancing in this queue, he opted to pass on the purchase. He’ll pick up some from a pharmacy instead.

    We’ve already picked up and packed in our bags a couple of bottles of a different brand that we prefer to bring back to the US ... as we do every year. Might pick up an extra bottle this year 😉
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  • Day17

    Chores & Errands in İzmir

    March 14, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Despite the chaos around the world, all is well in our tiny corner of it. We’re doing everything we can to keep it that way ... washy, washy of hands is at the top of our prevention measures.

    After working on revising this year’s overseas jaunt, Mui went out to run errands. I spent the afternoon with mom and Aylin. After dinner with the family, we returned home. A load of laundry was in order ... need clean clothes to wear while we’re here. Another small load or two tomorrow should see us through to our departure.

    Tomorrow we’ll go out and have some fun. The weather promises to be delightful.
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  • Day22

    Bags Are Packed ... Ready to Go

    March 19, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 39 °F

    Alrighty ... calling for a taxi to take us to the airport in İzmir. First ✈️ of the day at 8:00a.

    Taking advantage of our luggage allowance for business class tickets to take back all the wedding paraphernalia that we left behind last year.Read more

  • Day19

    All’s Well!

    March 16, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 48 °F

    Just checking in. Not a very exciting day ... which is not necessarily a bad thing these days. It’s a bitterly cold day with a strong wind making the chill worse than it should have been based on temperature alone.

    A few chores and errands ... some internet work ... some iPad Kindle reading ... a few more rows of knitting.

    Oh ... and we canceled a few car rental reservations and the B&B we had booked for our brief stay in England in May. All were pay-on-arrival ... so no financial impact to us from our change in plans. I’m going to work on canceling the more complicated arrangements after we get home.

    All’s well in our little corner of the world.
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  • Oct21

    Trip to Ephesus

    October 21, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 52 °F

    Starting two nights at this hotel, so nice not to pack again. Here’s the schedule for today. ( interesting that we used to live in Smyrna, GA). Call to prayer boomed out of loudspeakers every day reduces the need for an alarm clock. :)

    DAY 6, Monday - Full Day in Izmir
    Enjoy a full day at leisure in Izmir. With over 3500 years of history, the port city known historically as Smyrna offers a variety of impressive archaeological sites, not to mention easy access to ancient Ephesus. Perhaps, relax in the city and sip Türk kahvesi, authentic Turkish coffee, at a café set along the scenic Pasaport Quay. Don't miss the optional tour to Ephesus, considered one of the greatest ancient cities of the world. Here, you'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, the library of Celsus, temple of Hadrian, the theater and the Odeon. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Izmir
    Optional: Full Day Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary with Lunch Overnight: Izmir
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    On the highway heading south , we learn that when they were constructing this Highway, they found a marble highway used by Alexander the Great.

    Heading to the House of the Virgin Mary this morning ( see map) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_the_Virgin_Mary
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  • Day1

    unkapani #istanbultours

    April 24, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    The Walls of #Istanbul are city walls built in Istanbul during the Eastern Roman era. The walls surrounding Istanbul were built in the 5th century in history, and have been assumed with four defaults with demolitions and reconstructions. His son is after 408 AD. II. During the time of Theodosius (408-450), the walls of Istanbul extended from #Sarayburnu to Ayvansaray, #Yedikule, Yedikule to Topkapı, and #Topkapı to #Ayvansaray. 🇹🇷

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  • Day1

    Fatih Mosque #IstanbulTours

    April 24, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Fatih Mosque and Complex is a mosque and complex built by Fatih Sultan Mehmed in Fatih district of Istanbul. There are 16 madrasahs, darüşşifa, tabhane imaret, library and Turkish bath complex. It is built on one of the seven hills of the city. 🇹🇷 Discover Istanbul ➡️ www.allistanbultours.com




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  • Day17

    It Is Done!

    March 14, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    The airline tickets for our unanticipated early departure from Turkey are purchased.

    We're taking this step primarily because, in this quickly changing COVID-19 environment, we're not sure what will be happening with transportation worldwide. While being stranded in Turkey with family is not necessarily a bad thing, our lives — and our health insurance — are US-based. Best to be back home in more familiar territory.

    Our original 2020 overseas jaunt included time in Turkey with family, followed by a few days in England and a cruise along coastal France. Those plans would have seen us flying back to the US in early June. Instead, we've scrapped everything and will be flying back to Colorado on March 19.

    I'll address any financial ramifications of our decision in a separate post after we've canceled or postponed everything ... but we already know that the biggest chunk — our European Quest cruise on Oceania — will be given back to us as a future cruise credit per the new liberal cancelation policy that was put in to effect last week.

    We're sad to be cutting our time with the family short ... it is what it is, I guess.
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  • Day22

    Day 19 Biblelands trip

    October 2, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Day 19
    Kusadasi means Bird Island.. Our hotel overlooked this little island This is the site of ancient Ephesus, an area famed for its peaches, pomegranates and figs. Samos is the closest Greek island to Turkey,about 1.5km from the coast. We sampled the local baklava, apple tea and Turkish coffee 😊

    Rev 2 "To the angel of the church at EPHESUS write..I know that you have persevered and endured hardships.. and not grown weary.. But you have forsaken the love you had at first.. Repent."

    There were 4 different Ephesus in the one city, over the centuries. We started with St John's Basilica in the 4th Ephesus, built in the 6th century AD.(John lived in the 3rd Ephesus and some believe he was buried here, so of course they built a church !)From here we can see the Temple of Artemis .'Great is Diana of the Ephesians!'and the 3rd Ephesus from Paul's time, which we explored next.. walking from the upper gate all through the city to the lower gate. This was largely destroyed in an earthquake which is why they moved to the site up the hill, the 4th City. Of particular interest was the theatre where Paul would've preached (24,000 capacity!!)and the Agora where Demetrius the silversmith would've had his shop
    After lunch we visited a traditional Turkish rug making shop, before heading to Izmir (ancient Smyrna)

    "To the angel of the church at SMYRNA write..I know your afflictions and poverty. Yet you are rich.. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.. Be faithful..and I will give you life.."

    We visited the old Agora, which is all that is left from Bible times after the modern city was built on top.
    The afternoon was spent sipping a local rosé with special friends sitting on the coast of the Aegean Sea ❤️
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You might also know this place by the following names:

İzmir, Izmir, إزمير, Измир, Σμύρνη, Izmiro, Esmirna, איזמיר, IZM, Smirne, イズミル, იზმირი, Izmiras, Izmira, TRIZM, 伊兹密尔