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The Straits of Messina

June 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Turbulent water of the Strait of Messina How could the Strait of Messina not hold allure? Whirlpools and maelstroms; mythic sea monsters; earthquakes and epic sea currents! To get to Greece and Turkey from Italy where we’d been sailing for the last month, your either transit the Strait of [read more]

Corinth Canal, Greece

May 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

The green path shows our 2015 journey east across Greece, using the Corinth Canal. The red path shows roughly how we will sail NW across Greece in 2016 once we leave Crete and make our way north up the Adriatic. This year, when we reverse course and sail back through the Mediterranean from east to [read more]

Turkey’s Underground Cities

May 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

if you can make it out, there are ruins of ancient buildings along the coast that were completely protected except from the sea because of the steep rocky hillside behind them What do you do if battles are raging where you live, foreigners are invading, or the rulers of your land want to annihilate [read more]

Pamukkale Turkey

May 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Pamukkale Thermal Pools Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a World Heritage Site located inland north of Kas and east of Kusadasi. It is notable for its white landscape of travertine terraces made of a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. After [read more]

Turkey Travel 2015-2106

May 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

our Turkey travels consisted of inland travel to Capadoccia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Istanbul and many of the small villages in the southwest of the country. By sea, we sailed the entire coast from Kekova to Izmir. This map shows where we traveled in Turkey when we were there in September/October 2015 [read more]

Take a Swimming Vacation in Kas, Turkey

February 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

We can attest that you could not find a better place to swim than Kas, Turkey. The water is not only warm, but it’s also soft and crystal clear. Below us, we can look down 30 feet and see the bottom. Rand and Umit looking at the lines securing Golden Glow in the pristine water of Kas Where we [read more]

Amorgos in the Little Cyclades, Greece

February 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

After leaving picturesque but crowded and touristy Santorini, we sailed northeast through the Little Cyclades, to the island Amorgos. The contrast was startling between Santorini and laid-back Amorgos, where we stayed for over a week and met almost no one who was not Greek. The main [read more]

Istanbul – The Old City and the Blue Mosque

November 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

The 12 million people of Istanbul shared their city with Ellen and me. We love Turkey. The people are warm, humorous and kind. The countryside was diverse and the cities were clean and interesting.  We have been able to see the southern coast from Bodrum to Antalya as well as some interior regions [read more]

The Art of Weaving Fine Turkish Carpets

October 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

I love textile arts and was delighted to stumble upon an artisan weaving a Turkish carpet in Istanbul the other day. I don’t know much about Oriental carpets — just enough to realize you could study the subject for a lifetime and not know everything. But I do admire crafts artistry and [read more]
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