Turkey Side Trip: Gallipoli

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives … You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours … You, the mothers who sent their sons…

Turkey Side Trip: Troy

If you plan to make it to Gallipoli, or are in Izmir with some extra time, then a trip up the coast can be fun.  Make sure either trip includes a stop at the ancient city of Troy. Sometimes we forget that the ledges we hear and the movies we hear have roots in reality. …

Turkey Side Trip: The 7 Churches

It is not commonly known the Seven Churches from Revelation were in Turkey and can still be visited today.   Whether interested in the religious, cultural or historical, this is a wonderful 3-4 day excursion that you can do with a tour or on your own. To visit on your own, I recommend flying into Izmir…

Turkey Side Trip: Cappadocia

I hate to call Cappadocia a side trip.  But, to get there from outside of Turkey, you really have to first go through Istanbul.  And while it is an amazing spot unlike any other, two days is the right amount of time for a visit that doesn’t involve a lot of outdoor excursions.  You can…

Unexpected Beauty

My friend Walter, of Spokenlight Photography, is a genius at finding and capturing beauty in unexpected places.  Here are some of my favorites! Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires Argentina Rome, Italy Albania border of Macedonia on Lake Orhid Corfu  Greece Wadi Rum Jordan Albania  Istanbul Turkey Malaysia  Roadside in Bulgaria Wichita Falls Texas

Inside Istanbul (Photo Album)

I had the awesome opportunity to live in Turkey for a couple of years.  Turkey is an amazing country full of history, culture, religion, and wonderful people.  It was in Turkey that I met two of my favorite people in the world – Leigh and Walter.  Since that time we have become friends and traveling companions.…