Europe

Loch Ness & Inverness to St. Andrews

United Kingdom

Leaving the Isle of Skye via the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh, we had spectacular views of the Sound of Sleat – the sea passage between the Isle of Skye and mainland Scotland. On the road to Dornie along the banks of Loch Dutch we stopped at Eilean Donan Castle–very picturesque and famous for the film “Highlander” which […]

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England & Scotland Travelog from July 19 to August 7, 2016

United Kingdom

Tuesday, 7/19 – Heathrow to Oxford We flew into Heathrow, took the bus to Oxford, then walk 10 minutes to our MacDonald Randolph Hotel, opposite the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archeology. Our main purpose in the Oxford area was to witness the “blessing ceremony” of a young woman whom we’ve known since her birth, […]

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Turkey & Greece’s Artwork: Beauty Everywhere

Greece

One of Wendy’s favorite aspects of the trip to Turkey and Greece in October 2010 was the artwork—fine arts to folk arts to utilitarian and crafts.  There were such lovely details all the places she visited, in many different media: Iznik tiled walls or ceramics, carved stone, painted domed ceilings and arches, street signs, floor […]

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Greece’s Pelopennese Penisula, with Ancient Olympia, Corinth, & Mycenae

Greece

The Peloponnese Peninsula is famous for many battles in the war between Athens and its empire vs. the Sparta-led Peloponnesian League.  Olympia was the furthest point on the Peloponnese Peninsula that the Walleighs reached. On their way to Olympia, they drove along the faster highway which skimmed the northern coastline of the Peninsula.  But then […]

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Unexpectedly Delightful Athens & Eventually, Picturesque Corfu

Greece

Though they had been warned to not spend much time in Athens because it would be disappointing, Rick and Wendy actually liked it much better than anticipated.  The Acropolis and the many ruins throughout the neighborhoods provided very interesting contrasts to the modern city’s architecture which seemed to have been built mostly during Greece’s Socialist […]

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Greek Island Cruise: Patmos to Rhodes to Crete to Santorini

Greece

The most efficient way for the Walleighs to see the Dodecanese Islands between Turkey and Greece was by cruise ship.  In Kusadasi, Turkey they boarded the Aquamarine, which enabled them to land on four islands in three days. The good news was Rick and Wendy saw more islands in that time than they could have […]

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Ephesus, Turkey: Impressive despite sometimes being overrun by large cruise ships

Turkey

The Walleighs’ drive up the coast from Bodrum ended in Seljuk, which is near Izmir the ancient ruined city of Ephesus as well as the major cruise ship port of Kusadasi.  In fact after two days in Seljuk, it was in Kusadasi that they embarked to on a three-day Greek island cruise.  There was a […]

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Turkey’s Turquoise Coast in Fethiye to Bodrum to Didyama to Seljuk

Turkey

The lovely blue and turquoise colored water in its harbor, along the Mediterranean, and to the east, is part of why Bodrum is considered the start of Turkey’s Riviera.  It is where the very rich and well-to-do pretending to be rich like to play. The classes of tourists are separated by their toys–yachts of all sizes.  […]

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Turkey’s Fairy Chimneys & Rock-Carved Churches in Kapadokya

Turkey

However it is spelled, Kapadokya (or Capadoccia or…) in the middle of Turkey is a whimsical landscape that has shaped and been shaped by local culture and the region’s various religions.  Many layers of volcanic ash have been compressed into Tufa rock then eroded to form what are called Fairy Chimneys above the ground. The […]

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Turkey’s Istanbul is a Fascinating Bridge Between Europe and Asia

Turkey

The exotic city of Istanbul is fascinating for so many reasons, but especially for how it has successfully sustained its diversity of cultures and religions for 1000s of years.  Rick and Wendy were there for 4.5 days, so the photos and descriptions below are just some of the highlights! On day one, they briefly touched […]

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