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June 30- Anna’s Thoughts

Hi again! I’m writing to you from a cruise in the Aegean. The sun has just set and pinks and oranges paint the sky. It is our last day on the Celestyal Olympia. We have spent a few days on this boat, and it is wonderful. I am a sucker for pools ( I Like […]

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June 30- Crete and Santorini

This morning Gordon got up early to leave on an excursion of the ancient Minoan Palace of Knosis and the archaeological museum on the island of Crete. A 4500 year old palace complex built on seven layers of Neolithic settlements stretching back to 4000 bc, this site has evidence of the first European civilization. He […]

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June 29- Rhodes

Last night as we were getting ready for bed we saw the news on the BBC about the terror attack at the airport in Istanbul. Our hearts are broken for those who lost their lives and also for those who threw away their lives with unspeakable violence. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers. We […]

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June 28- Ephesus and Patmos

I’m on my first cruise. It was never on my bucket list but I love travel and exploring new things so a Greek cruise it is. This morning we left early for Ephesus, a town where Paul visited more than once and where he lived for two years. Ephesus is as an ancient city with […]

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June 27- Anna’s Thoughts 

Hello from Kusadasi! This city is magnificent. We are so very blessed to have this grant.  This morning, my family and I went to the ancient city of Pergamon. We rode a tram to the Acropolis and explored the many different buildings within. Diddy was giddy to see a library (of course).  We went to lunch […]

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June 27- Pergamon

Today we were in the city of Pergamon. The church in this town was one of the seven churches that John wrote words of comfort and challenge to in the book of Revelation. It is best known for the advanced Hellenistic kingdom. It had the second largest library of the ancient world (200,000) and the […]

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June 26- Anna’s Thoughts

Hi friends!What a cool day. We woke up early and jumped in the van. We drove for six hours not including the stops we made. Speaking of which, Turkish gas stations get five stars. They are SO clean, well organized, and reasonably priced. They even had a whole toy section for the kiddos.  After our […]

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June 26- The Iliad Comes to Life

After traveling for six hours, we took a car ferry across the narrow strait that links the Aegean Sea and the Bosphorus. A half hour later we arrived at the archaeological site of Troy. Before entering the archaeological site, we had lunch at a restaurant run by an expert guide for ancient Troy (who also […]

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June 25- Anna’s Thoughts

Hello again! We have completed yet another great day in Turkey. I really enjoyed every part of our day. Everywhere we went, I was astounded by the incredibly views.  I loved learning about the culture and history of Istanbul throughout the day. I got to learn about all different sultans and the Ottoman Empire while […]

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June 25- Day 2 in Istanbul

We began the morning at the Blue Mosque. Charissa, Anna, and I were required to don gowns and head scarves. Everyone was required to remove their shoes before entering the mosque. The Blue Mosque received its name from the decorative blue tiles from Iznik (Nicaea). It was very beautiful.  After that we wandered the Spice […]

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