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Pamukkale – A Cotton Candy Fairy Tale

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In a country that has some amazing sites the Cotton Candy Travertine Terraces of Pamukkale. rated in my top 3. And considering on our several month journey covering 14 countries Turkey was my favourite country, that rates it pretty high indeed! While visiting ancient ruins had been a major highlight of our months exploring the Middle East, we discovered some ...

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The Lost City of Troy

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We reached Troy from the sea-side town of Canakkale, on the southern coast of the Dardanelles. It’s a colourful seaside town that we arrived at by ferry after leaving the battlefields of Gallipoli. Due to it’s high student population it has some atmospheric little bars and cafes down cobblestone lanes and along the waterfront promenade and can be a fun ...

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Ephesus: A City to Rival Rome

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One of my favourite places in Turkey was the ancient city of Epehesus – well their ruins at least. We were about a third of the way through our extended travels with Italy and Rome still to come.  So I was kind of blown away to come across ruins that would rival those of Rome in everyway. But not only ...

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher

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The place that marks the Crucifixion and burial site of Jesus is of course a must see on any itinerary to Jerusalem. The church itself is beautiful. Upon entry a staircase to the immediate right takes you up to the site of Golgotha. Here you can place your hand on the site where the cross stood. Sometimes there is a ...

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Photo Blog: The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

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  During our backpacking stint around North Africa and the Middle East, we spent a fair amount of time in Turkey. There were so many great places but hanging around the old city, playing tourist in the morning and then playing local in the afternoons, in one of the many cafes with a glass of mint tea, a backgammon board ...

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UNESCO: Archaeological Site of Troy

The Ruins at Troy

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UNESCO: Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia

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UNESCO: Historic Areas of Istanbul

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UNESCO: Petra

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UNESCO: Hierapolis-Pamukkale

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UNESCO: Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls

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UNESCO: Masada

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UNESCO: Wadi Rum Protected Area

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Aya Sofya – Church of the Divine Wisdom

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On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens. -Mustafa Kemal Ataturk   [soliloquy id=”1275″] Like Turkey itself, the Ayasofya is a meeting of two worlds.  For more than 100o years, this triumphant symbol of ...

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Wire, Walls & The West Bank

Graffiti decorates the Palestinian side of the separation wall.

I’ve been asked a number of times if I ever felt in danger during my time in Israel.  Reflecting back I was surprised to find that it wasn’t fear that I had felt at all.  It was more a sense of helplessness… or perhaps more accurately, hopelessness. It was a combination of everything. The heavily armed presence of the Israeli ...

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In Search of the Land of Milk and Honey.

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When Moses stood in Jordan on the Mount of Moab and looked across to The Promised Land, I sure hoped it looked a lot different than it does today. Personally I wasn’t seeing the Milk or the Honey….or anywhere it could come from. I stood there for a good 10 minutes, squinting into the distance, looking for what, at the ...

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Jerash – the greatest Roman ruins you’ve never heard of.

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Jerash – Jordan’s best kept secret. Overshadowed by the magnificent Petra, the reason most tourists come to Jordan. Yet ironically, Jerash is the second most visited site once tourists arrive in Jordan. An hour from Amman, the city can easily be toured as a day trip. Early morning is best – to avoid the heat. The ancient city is one ...

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Petra – The road to the Holy Grail

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…who drinks the water I shall give him, says the Lord, will have a spring inside him welling up for eternal life. Let them bring me to your holy mountain in the place where you dwell. Across the desert and through the mountain to the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, to the Temple where the cup that holds the blood ...

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Searching for Lawrence – the Desert Dands of Wadi Rum

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  “No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.’ – TE Lawrence ...

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The Slow Boat to Jordan

The old castle at Aqaba

Crossing into Jordan from Egypt requires crossing the Red Sea, from Nuweiba to Aqaba. The trip to Jordan by ferry is not exciting. The best tip I can give is have either lots of reading material, movies or music loaded on your i-pad/pod/phone or prepare to sleep. (Apparently hang-overs from a big last night in Egypt help considerably in this ...

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