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Welcome! If you’ve thought about retiring and wonder whether travel might be an option for you, read on! I’m curious about our longing for the exotic and our impulse to return to the familiar. I want to learn whether age can bring an augmentation in our perceptions or in our capacity for joy. I like to explore […]

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Caravanserai Fort Hosts Whirling Dervish Ceremony

Whirling Dervish

We visited in the town of Nevsehir in the Cappadocia region, where an old caravanserai fort hosts Whirling Dervish ceremony. I had heard various things about this sect of Islam, that it had been outlawed for a time after Ataturk’s modernization programs began, for example. But I wanted my understanding to be more than anecdotal. […]

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Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia Look Surreal

Multi-dwelling high-rise

The Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia look surreal, otherworldly, as though you’ve just walked onto a fantasy movie set. Part of the drama comes from traveling quickly from sea level to the thousand-foot elevation comprising central Anatolia. The formerly lush, green seaside vistas have become a high, wide plateau, brown and plain. Mile after mile, flat […]

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Modern Artisans in Cappadocia use Caves

Plate 4

I’ve seen ceramic arts studios in many places, from airy classrooms to home garages to outdoor patios, but I was amazed to see that modern artisans in Cappadocia use caves. Yes, those elegant displays of Turkish ceramics found in museums often originated in a region where artisans over the ages have hollowed out rooms in […]

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My Friend Doubts Topkapi Palace

Gate of Salutation, Topkapi Palace

My Friend Doubts Topkapi Palace can be understood any better through my firsthand experiences than her armchair tourism via books and videos. In other words, I have a friend who wonders why I travel. She believes that she who reads extensively can gain as much as I do who endures the travails of airports, suitcases, […]

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Trojan Horse Stands by the Wharf

Artist Izzet Senemoglu's Trojan horse 1975

A massive Trojan horse stands by the wharf in Çanakkale, Turkey, where the ferry boats dock after leaving the peninsula of Gallipoli. We could see the horse grow in size as we approached, having crossed the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara, a water access extending through the […]

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Gallipoli Must Not Happen Again

Lone Pine

Gallipoli must not happen again. That was my overwhelming response to visiting the site of the WWI tragedy. And yet I know it has. Again and again and again. On and on throughout human history. And it always turns out the same. Good men die. We arrived at Anzac Cove (an acronym for the Australian […]

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Istanbul is Constantinople is Byzantium

The Spice Market

Istanbul is Constantinople is Byzantium and I love this city. I’m trying to figure out why it rings such an emotional knell with me. It must partly be the layering of history that’s almost staggering in its depth and complexity. When you go to the Hippodrome area of Istanbul and discover that the three columns […]

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Know Before You Go – Long Lost First Play

Mound today, vendors tomorrow

Know before you go – Long Lost First Play has a script densely written with humorous and original observations of the Shakespeare canon that is a delight at every moment. But know before you go – the director and actors at the 2017 Utah Shakespeare Festival apparently didn’t trust the script. At every turn they […]

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The Tavern Transforms Melodrama into Comedy

Randall L. Jones Theatre

The Tavern transforms melodrama into comedy as buoyantly performed by the Utah Shakespeare Festival players. The company kept us laughing at the absurdities in the play, yet sympathetic to the flawed characters on stage. That’s a tricky task. It can so easily tip the other way and leave the audience disappointed. Uncertainties arise on every […]

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Determined Tourist in St. George

Prickly pear cactus at Kayenta Art Village

What does a determined tourist in St. George, Utah, do for fun? On earlier visits I’d hiked many of the spectacular national parks near-by such as Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capital Reef, and Canyonlands, to name just a few. I had also indulged in some geo-caching in near-by Snow Canyon with its striking combination of […]

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