The Big Island

Remember when I said that I did NOT want to leave Simi?  Well, multiple that by 100 and that’s how I felt about Rodos (aka Rhodes).  It is the largest island in the Dodecanese.  It is home of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and its Old Town … Continue reading The Big Island


Today Pergamon is known for the extensive amount of  ancient ruins still in tact high on the mountain above the modern day Turkish city of Bergama.  In its prime, however, it was known for its great library, considered to be second only to the Library of Alexandria, and its Asclepeion, which was considered to be the … Continue reading Pergamon


Since I spoke briefly about it in the last post, I thought I’d follow up with a few pictures of Assos.  Assos is a present day seaside resort, known best for its Temple of Athena and the Academy of Assos, which was founded by Aristotle. We actually didn’t spend a lot of time in Assos, … Continue reading Assos

Turkish Bath

We didn’t actually do much in Kuşadası, which was a coastal resort town, but it was a nice place to a stopover on our way to Bodrum. HOWEVER, we were offered a chance for a Turkish Bath.  April wasn’t interested, but I certainly was! The first rule of the hamam is that men and women … Continue reading Turkish Bath

Black Sea Urchins

If you don’t mind indulging me, I’d like to continue regaling you with our Turkey & Greece trip.  I know, I know–everything is out of order because we actually started our trip in Istanbul and I have yet to write about that.  I’m just saving the best for last! Not to worry because today you get … Continue reading Black Sea Urchins