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.
Extraordinary Vagobond – Tarzan of Manisa
I never expected to find out that Tarzan came from Turkey!
Ibn Battuta – Moroccan Vagabond
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.
Extraordinary Vagabonds: Harry Franck, Pioneer of the Vagabonds
Harry Franck’s willingness to travel with no money, his keen eye for the details of his journey and the societies he recorded (some of which soon disappeared) make him a welcome addition to our list of Extraordinary Vagabonds.
A Moment in Istanbul
I am working in Istanbul, staying in a small apartment that looks out on a city state of ships at rest in the Marmara Sea waiting for their chance to go up the Bosphorus and reach the Black Sea and the many Russian and Central Asian ports it holds.
The Feeling that is Istanbul
Istanbul is an emotional state more than a place.
Sypil Magnesia aka Tantalus – The Magic Mountain of Manisa
My travel to Sypil Magnesia, rarely visited by tourists, but also known as Tantalus.
My Favorite Travel Adventures of 2011 – Flashback to A Wonderful Year of Travel
2011 was a great year for me in terms of travel, family, and work. While there were a huge number of experiences to choose from, here are my top ten favorite adventures that came from this incredible year.
The Temple of Artemis and Isa Bey Camii
“I have set eyes on the wall of lofty Babylon on which is a road for chariots, and the statue of Zeus by the Alpheus, and the hanging gardens, and the colossus of the Sun, and the huge labour of the high pyramids, and the vast tomb of Mausolus; but when I saw the house of Artemis that mounted to the clouds, those other marvels lost their brilliancy, and I said, “Lo, apart from Olympus, the Sun never looked on aught so grand.”
Places I’ve Lived #20 – Manisa, Turkey
We went to Manisa on our honeymoon and since I’d blogged my way out of a pretty good job in Fez, I turned it into a job interview with a school there. I’d been emailing the director and he had said to come anytime and he would show us around. So we did. The bus…