35,000 Mile High Treats

May 8, 2012

Learning to enjoy luxury Usually I turn right instead of left when boarding the aircraft for my international flight.  But thanks to Turkey At Its Best I recently enjoyed the delights of business class travel on Turkish Airlines from Istanbul to New York.  After two exhausting travel through Eastern Turkey, I found myself in a […]

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Cappadocia–Land of Caves, Churches, and Centuries Old Frescoes

April 28, 2012

Exploring Cappadocia in Central Turkey is exploring one of the great centers of Christianity.  There are no sky-scraper Gothic cathedrals or multiple stained glass windows or gilded alters.  Instead there are beautiful, brilliant twelve hundred year old frescoes painted on to the walls of caves in exquisite detail depicting everything from a nativity scene to […]

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Soaring Over Moon-scape Cappadocia

April 27, 2012

The lack of sleep is forgotten at the sight of dozens of brightly-colored hot air balloons floating over the fairy-tale landscape of Cappadocia.  Especially as I am in one of the balloons.  This is a land of 10th century churches with vivid frescoes carved into limestone rocks.  I am sleeping in a unique cave hotel.  […]

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Tales from the Seraglio in 21st Century Style

April 14, 2012

  Tales from the Seraglio in 21st Century Style   A Courtyard Hotel may not be an exotic start to a trip to Turkey, but after another long brutal flight it is a bed and shower that counts. There is time later for the exotic, or to see if the exotic has changed in the […]

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Taiwan, the Other China

April 7, 2012

   As a kid, Taiwan just seemed the “other” China, an island existing in the shadow of monolithic Red China, a sort of big, comfy refuge for Chiang Kai-shek and his cronies, where they could enjoy all the art and goodies shipped out just ahead of Mao’s conquest. The image was of rows of workers […]

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Russia- The Land of Nyet Bureacracy

September 30, 2011

Getting ready for Timbuktu was less trouble than preparing for a week in Russia. Someone forgot to tell the Russian travel bureaus the Cold War ended years ago. Getting a visa was never a big deal before. I have passports full of visas—it’s always been a matter of a short form and a lot of […]

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