Category Archives: General

CAPPADOCIA WALKING

Cappadocia album The dining room at Kirkit Pension is carved out of the tufa stone which famously forms the landscape of Cappadocia, and it was here we were welcomed to a wonderful meal after travelling by bus all afternoon from … Continue reading

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A Day in Vienna

A Day in Vienna – from Angie Wednesday 17 June Coming from Madrid, we are still on Madrileno time, so rose late, as did Kathy, our host here in the Judenplatz. She is very welcoming, and she makes rooms in … Continue reading

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Monastery Valley and Gertrude Bell

Monastery Valley and Gertrude Bell album Monastery Valley is best described by Gertrude Bell – below. But we had a delightful ramble along this very quiet and lonely spot. It was evidently a place where monks could isolate themselves from … Continue reading

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Kizil Kilisi is the Red Church

Red Church Album Kizil Kilisi is the Red Church, half an hour’s drive up and over the hills behind Guzelyurt. Rather fragile, it stands strikingly alone in cultivated fields surrounded by hills. It is the only byzantine church still standing … Continue reading

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NEMRUT DAGI

Album: NEMRUT DAGI: a colossal folly We hiked the few hundred (vertical) metres to view the tumulus at Nemrut Dagi summit at sunrise in freezing winds. But there was no sunrise, and actually some snow, through which we traipsed at … Continue reading

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Nafplion is ridiculously historic and also beautiful.

Nafplion is ridiculously historic – link to album Nafplion was the first capital of Greece after the Independence War 1821-1828, and is only a stone’s throw from Mykinis where Agamemnon and others planned the Trojan War, in his Palace past … Continue reading

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22 hours in Ankara

A day and a half’s travel to Ankara from Istanbul and on into Cappadocia is enough to make you realise that Turkey’s public transport infrastructure is greatly superior to that of much of Australia, despite Turkey being a relatively poorer … Continue reading

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Hydra is impossibly beautiful

link to Hydra is impossibly beautiful album Hydra has historically been a fishing and maritime island port, and was an important naval base for the Greeks during the Revolution after 1821. Today it is a holiday getaway for wealthy Athenian

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In Istanbul

Since arriving from Thessaloniki on the Monday night train, we have been very busy, working hard at sightseeing etc, Friday we went ferrying up and down the Bosphorus, and climbed an ancient Byzantine (Genovese, they were allied against the Venetians) … Continue reading

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The White Desert

The totally unique and overpowering White Desert was a highlight of our 5 day safari in Egypt’s Western Desert. White desert album

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