2017 Year in Review

2017 was an absolutely amazing year! I scratched five more countries off my map and experienced more of China. I met some amazing people, some of whom have become very good friends. I got to spend some quality time with … Continued

Summary of Turkey

I know it has been a few months since I went to Turkey and the posts have been slow in coming, but Cappadocia was our last stop in Turkey before heading to Greece for a couple of days. Turkey was … Continued

Cappadocia Green Tour

After the magnificent hot air balloon experience, we loaded into another van for the Cappadocia Green Tour from Goreme. This tour takes guests a bit further away from the town and to some unique places less populated by fairy chimneys. … Continued

Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon

Cappadocia  – Hot Air Balloon The best way to see this desert region of Turkey is in a hot air balloon. You’ve seen pictures of these before. Every list of must-see destinations or bucket list items includes a picture of … Continued

Cappadocia Fairy Chimneys

In addition to the Goreme Open-air Museum, our Red Route tour took us to many other locations around the area to experience the fairy chimneys. Uchisar Castle A large rock formation at the top of a hill, meaning great vantage … Continued

Cappadocia – Goreme Open-air Museum

From Pamukkale, we took an overnight coach to the desert region of Cappadocia, with remnants of culture dating back to the Hittite period. The coach ride was probably my worst experience in Turkey. It was uncomfortable, extremely warm, and confusing. … Continued

Other Selcuk, Turkey Sights

The city of Ephesus was not contained to the current archaeological site or even within the city walls. It spreads into the mountains around it and into the current town of Selcuk, Turkey (pronounced selchuck). This town is where the … Continued

Ephesus and the Apostle Paul

Ephesus Theater One of the key features of Ephesus is the “largest theater in antiquity” with capacity of 25,000 souls. Used for dramas and performances when first built and expanded to gladiatorial exhibitions in the Roman times, the Ephesus theater … Continued

Ephesus Archaeological Site

Ephesus is magnificent! This ancient city was one of the most important cities in the ancient world, and one of its largest. Ephesus was a major sea port and home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It … Continued


The ancient city of Pergamum, or Pergamon, in Turkey is an impressive archaeological site with hyperbolic details. The city was an extremely wealthy and powerful Grecian kingdom and one of the seven churches about which John wrote. Perched high above … Continued

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