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.
Vagabond Hiker Scholar – Francis Tapon
If there is a modern day heir to the great traveler/scholar Ibn Batutta – I would say that Francis Tapon is the guy.
Extraordinary Vagobond – Tarzan of Manisa
I never expected to find out that Tarzan came from Turkey!
Herodotus – The Father of History (and all Vagabonds)
Not only the father of history but of anthropology, and one can equally (but not so forcefully) argue he is the father of all travel writers and vagabonds.
Nomad Vagabond – Genghis Khan
Traveling round the world doesn’t usually involve conquest of foreign lands but for Temujin, also known as Genghis Khan, conquest was probably just a means of travel.
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…