|Katie & Roger with the Blue Mosque at sunset|
For four days we explore the ancient sites in and around Ephesus. And while the sites are astounding, we often wish we booked a day to just stay and enjoy this little jewel of a hotel perched on the side of a hill.
|Mosaic in Istanbul's Chora Church of the|
Virgin Mary's presentation to Joseph
It is a history of the most powerful rulers of the ancient world which reflects the city's significance as a transcontinental country bridging Asia and Europe.
St. Paul the Apostle traveled here preaching to Christian and Jewish communities in the first century AD. In 330 AD Roman Emperor Constantine the Great dedicated Constantinople (present day Istanbul) as the 'New Rome.”
Justinian, regarded as the greatest Byzantine emperor who reigned from 527-565 AD, builds the Hagia Sophia, the largest and most splendid church in the world. By 1071-1243 AD the empire of Seljuk Sultanate of Rum rules Anatolia. During the 1000s-1200s AD, Crusader armies fought their way across this ancient country.
|Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk)|
|Our driver "Ati"|
Guides familiar with the area lend such a personal touch to an otherwise one dimensional experience. I personally appreciate being relieved of the pressure of being the navigator. We never get lost on this trip.
|Travertine ledges of Pamukkale|
Roger’s pulse quickening, not for me this time, but for Istanbul who holds so much history and treasure in her bosom. Am I jealous? Not for a moment! I love Roger’s intense fascination with this celebrated city of 13.26 million inhabitants.
|A cottage at the Nişanyan House|
Thanks to the sage advice of Susie Black, Mount Dora, Florida, USA and Rukiye Devres Unver, Istanbul, Tűrkiye, our odyssey was fantastic.