A week later we flew to the amazing region known as Cappadocia. One sunrise morning we floated over the fairy chimney landscape in a hot air balloon. The region has had people living in homes dug into caves and spires for thousands of years. It was amazing to see and visit these places, including an underground city.
By small bus we traveled inland over the Taurus (Toros) mountains visiting a school, a small village and mayor's office, farm homes for lunch, religious sites, etc. One night we stayed at farm houses to learn the rural routine. At last, after passing snow in the mountains we arrived at the Mediterranean Coast, called the Aegean Sea here. Greco/Roman ruins were in abundance, and it was astonishing to be reminded of the long and rich history and cultural heritage of Turkey. From Marmaris we boarded our traditional Turkish sailboat, called a Gulet, and sailed north anchoring at beautiful little coves for four nights, and visiting interesting historic sites on day trips. At Fethiye we moved into a beautiful hotel for our last two days. Ephesis is the biggest Roman ruins attraction in Turkey. It was awe inspiring. A site visited often by cruise ship passengers.
The flight from Izmir to Munich was short compared to the following direct flight from Munich to Los Angeles, but I survived. The following ten days I enjoyed traveling around Southern California visiting family and friends. I stayed a couple days in Los Angeles Chinatown so I could be near the Hall of Records and Central Library downtown to do genealogy research. A night at a private showing of "Snowhite and the Huntsmen" with a friend in Hollywood was an unexpected treat. From there I visited a friend in Canoga Park. Our mothers had been great friends from the PTA when were were in elementary school in Los Angeles. Arlene and Tom are avid geocachers, so we had a lot to talk about, but I'm a real lightweight compared to them.
On to Palm Desert to visit my school friend, Carolyn and do a lot of talking and enjoying getting together again. Then back to town and to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank. I've already written about that great time immersed in a favorite activity, genealogy.
|Museum of the American West - field trip|
|Alisa, Braden, Emily and dog Sampson in Aurora, Colorado|
|Shattered window on left, Donna on right!|