Turkey Today

I am sending my final post on Turkey after arriving in Rome. We enjoyed a wonderful last lecture by Jim Wright. Jim and Heather have made a fantastic contribution to this leg of our journey. Turkey—and especially Istanbul—is under stress. Erdogan is in the midst of a Putin-like move, trying to evade term limits by transferring the power from the … [more]

The Church of the Holy Savior in Chora

Today was another full and exciting day. My body has finally caught up to my brain, and I feel like I’ve recovered from the effects of jet lag. Of course, coffee is a wonderful companion, especially when enduring the effects of “time travel.” We started the morning with another great lecture by Dr. Heather Keaney. Yesterday she spoke about the … [more]

The Blue Mosque

Today we visited Hagia Sophia, the Church of Holy Wisdom, as well as the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the Cultural Museum. I love Hagia Sophia; it’s the most glorious structure. But it has seen so much in its nearly 1,500-year life. Built by the Emperor Justinian and completed in 538, it hosted some of the most important conversations in … [more]

Istanbul – Hagia Sophia

Today we left Athens and made it to Istanbul. The travel day went well, with an early departure to the airport and a 90-minute flight across the Aegean Sea. Our flight hardly had the drama of the great sea sagas of the ancient world, but our arrival thrust us into a city teeming with life, energy and vitality. Despite the … [more]


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