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MIDDLE EAST & GREECE

MIDDLE EAST & GREECE  May-October 2001

 

MIDDLE EAST

TURKEY  (3 months) Istanbul: Aya Sofya; Topkapi Palace; Whirling Dervishes; hiking in Cappadocia; relaxing at backpackers' pension in Olimpos; gulet cruise along the Mediterranean Coast; home stay and hammam scrub-down in Bursa; "ruined" at Pergamum, Ephesus, Pirene, Miletus, Didyma and Termessos; relaxing at the beach in Gumusluk; buying (another) carpet in Gocek; (Two weeks in Syria & Lebanon, then back to Turkey): Nemrut Dagi ruins; Georgian Valleys; hiking in Barhal; ruins at Ani on the Armenian border; Black Sea; quaint Amasya; archaeological museum in Ankara

SYRIA & LEBANON  (2 weeks)  SYRIA: Joan's unexpected haircut in Aleppo citadel; 14 days travel with French strangers to Dead Cities, Crusader Castles, Palmyra, Damascus and Bosra; Joan cloaked and cranky in a mosque; Lou visits Mar Musa Monastery; home stay with Syrian family; contentious dinner with cloaked Muslim doctor & her husband; LEBANON: Hezbollah militants in Bekaa Valley; Paris Opera Ballet in Baalbek ruins

EUROPE

GREECE  (2 months)  Ferry to four islands: RHODES, CRETE, SANTORINI and NAXOS; driving around PELOPONNESIAN PENINSULA to ruins of Mycenae, Epidaurus and Mystras; hiking in fortified Mani villages; Ancient Olympia; MAINLAND GREECE: Monodendri and Lia; hiking in Vikos Gorge; hilltop monasteries in Meteora; ruins of Delphi & Acropolis; home stay in Athens

 

(Note: After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, we decided it wasn't a good time for Americans to travel in the Middle East. We cancelled plans for two months in Jordan, Egypt and Israel, and extended our stay in Greece.)

 

 

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