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A Sad Day for Americans and Turks

A Sad Day for Americans and Turks

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It’s been coming for a while, but diplomatic relations between Turkey and the United States have fallen to a historic low. It was bound to happen with dictator strongmen running each country – I had only hoped that the rest of us…

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Ibn Battuta – Moroccan Vagabond

Ibn Battuta – Moroccan Vagabond

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The greatest adventurer of all time for me is the Moroccan vagabond, Ibn Battuta. He not only traveled everywhere in his known world, but he wrote about it in ways that no one before him had. Ibn Battuta’s journey lasted 29 years, so by Moroccan standards, my wife should be understanding of this current journey I’m on.

Guide Book Vagabond – Tom Brosnahan

Guide Book Vagabond – Tom Brosnahan

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Tom is an old school travel writer, guide book author – the kind that went to the destination, walked all the streets, drew the map if there wasn’t one, learned the language, and checked all the prices – and what is incredibly cool, is that he is also a pioneer of the new school of travel writing and online guides.

Selcuk – Ancient Home of Artemis, the Virgin Mary, and St. John

Selcuk – Ancient Home of Artemis, the Virgin Mary, and St. John

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Instead at the Izmir otogar we caught a minibus to Selcuk for 8 lira each. A friend of mine from Lonely Planet had suggested a great guesthouse there and even though I’m not crazy about crowd filled historical tourist sites, I wanted to visit the ancient city of Ephesus. The ride to Selcuk took us about an hour.

Izmir – Ancient Smyrna- Part 1

Izmir – Ancient Smyrna- Part 1

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Izmiri girls are considered to be the most beautiful in Turkey and it is a fact that the majority of models and actresses come from this city. Whether it is because they wear their makeup better or the mixture of Levanitne, Jewish, Greek, Turkish, Arab and Italian bloodlines is an argument that can be found along the waterfront bars of the Kordon. The fact of the matter is that when you walk down the street in Izmir, it is impossible to argue the point.