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David Hyers
Waco
Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Waco Texas
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Mar 15, 2010
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We'll drive to Ankara, and visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Before flying back to Istanbul we'll finish the day by visiting the Museum of Anatolian Civilization. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Today we'll see Kaymakli Underground City, Uchisar, Zelve Avanos, Goreme Open-Air Museum, the Dark Church, and end the day with a Sema ritual of "Whirling Dervishes" Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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We spend much of the day in Konya seeing the Mevlana Museum, the Karatay Tile Museum, and the Ince Minare Museum of Stone and Wood Carving. We'll then drive to Urgup (Cappadocia) seeing Sultanhani Caravanserai. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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We'll head north to Yalvac (ancient Antioch in Psidia). Stopping along the way to see Egirdir. We'll see Antioch and the Valvac Museum. We'll finish the day by continuing on to Konya. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Headed to Konya!!! Check out the Photos from today at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=178763&id=500082455 Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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From Antalya we'll range out to Perge, Aspendos, and end the day at the Antalya Museum. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
Posted Jan 15, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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From Pamukkale we'll drive to Antalya stopping by Laodiceia and Aphrodisias. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Today was another long bus day with even more sites to see. In Sardis we saw the oldest Synagogue in the ancient world. I was amazed at the rich marble and mosaics that had been restored as well as the presence of animal figures. At the end of the day we climbed the hill above Hierapolis to the Church of St. Phillip where tradition holds that Phillip( apostle or disciple) was Martyred. While the site has been partially restored there is no pave road to the church and so one feel like you are walking into sacred space rather than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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We are on our way to Pamukkale stopping along the way to visit Sardis and the temple or Artemis. We'll end the day in Pamukkale at the Hierapolis. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Our week long streak of good weather broke today with a rainy and cold morning. The Roman and Hellenistic ruins made us briefly consider offering a sacrifice for a break in the weather. However by afternoon the took favor upon us and the sun broke through. I am still not prepared for the beauty and size of the sites. Even being fully aware of the human cost in building them they are impressive. Many of our public places fill the role of temple or Oracle, yet the vastness and presence of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma makes temples like... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Today it's on to Priene, Miletus and Didyma. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Today we saw more sites related to Christianity. The House of Mary, where some traditions hold mary came to live. There we met a young nun from New York state who has given her vows and life to the church. the whole experience was alien to us reformed presbyterians, but so admirable and finally beautiful and noble in it's mystery and long standing ritual. We spent most of the day at the huge site of Ephesus and walked it's ruins, saw the work on the slope houses and sat in front of the wonderful library. Finally we ended the day... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Today is a big day. We'll visit the Virgin Mary's House, where Mary supposedly travel with John the beloved disciple. Then it's on to Ephesus and the Slope Houses and the Ephesus Museum in Selcuk. We'll end the day by visiting St. John's Church. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Reading history is one thing, feeling it surround you is another. The age of these places is just amazing. Layer upon layer of culture each claiming and building upon the other. Troy has no less than 9 separate layers to the city. The Pergamon site was absolutely huge. Each turn too my breath away. The last two days have been the most amazing in terms of really feeling the age of this place. Today will be no different. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Today we'll continue to head south to Assos, and then on to Kusadasi. On the way stopping at Pergamum. We'll stop in Kusadasi for the night. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Got to hotel exausted after a long day on the bus. Four hours and 5000 or more years of civilisation we ended the day thinking as much of Friends and family as perisans and kiwis. Troy was immediatly comlplex and impressive. We are getting ready to board the bus with the sounds of the sea and the smell of coal fire captivating our senses. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Today we'll drive south to Canakkale. We'll be crossing over the Dardanelles at Eceabat going from Europe to Asia by car-ferry. We'll visit ancient Troy and return to Canakkale for the evening. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Another great day today with many sites and great food. It was our lat day in Istanbul. Up and on the bus by 7:15 Sunday morning and south to Troy via a ferry and long bus ride. Here are a few photos from today. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Today we'll breeze through the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Spice Market, and Rustempasa Mosque. After lunch its on to St Savior in Chora (the Kariye Museum), and perhaps the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. Our final day in this singluar city. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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Today was a day filled with unexpected beauty and hospitality. We have had amazing food, great weather, and plenty of freedom in the schedule. I was expecting Istanbul to be more alien, but you can see and feel the European influence. This is a most fascinating city and I am glad we have two more days here. The internet connection is a bit slow, so just a few photos: The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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On the agenda today is Topkapi Palace, the Basilica Cistern. After lunch Haghia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey
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The whole group made it here safe and sound. We are all tired, punch drunk and ready for bed. Our Hotel is just accross from old Istanbul with great views of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Mary Elizabeth and I are sitting roof deck watching the sunset and listening to the sounds of Istanbul. The call to prayer has just started across the city. Mosque after Mosque has started the call and there are so many different voices, all at different volumes and individual cadences. This is most unique city. We realized that we forgot to bring up the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2010 at Candy Apple Grey