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Oct 8 – Food Tour and Sky Bar

After all of the excitement with the elephants and tigers yesterday, the only things we had planned for today was the Bangkok Food tour and we had arranged a private guide after that until 5PM. So definitely hoping for a more relaxing day. The food tour started at 10 AM and we had a little … Continue reading

Oct 7 – Breakfast with Elephants and Tiger Temple

After a 4:15 AM alarm, we met our driver at about 10 till 5 and started the 3 hour drive to the Elephant Camp. Once we got there, we were fed breakfast and took in the excitement of the camp. The first thing was a ride through the rain forest jungle. As the first tour … Continue reading

Oct 6 – Half-way Round the World

We landed in Bangkok this morning to make if officially half-way around the world. We are fully 12 hours ahead of home in Kansas City. We found a “First Class” line for immigration, only to realize that this was actually a special pass, but she let us through anyway, since there was no one else … Continue reading

Oct 5 – On to Bangkok

It was finally time to leave Istanbul for a final time. We took the hotel shuttle over, grabbed breakfast and waited for the Aeroflot checkin desks to open to get checked in for the flight. We then went to the business class lounge for about an hour before going to the gate. The queue/mob at … Continue reading

Oct 4 – Leaving Izmir

Today was our last full day in Turkey.  Earl and I slept in a little and had breakfast. After this it was back to the hotel room to make sure all of the electronic devices were charged, all pictures uploaded and that plans were set. Once this was done we checked out of the hotel, … Continue reading

Oct 3 – Efes (Ephesus or Epheseus)

After 6+ hours of driving yesterday, the 90 min drive to Efes (Epheseus) was much appreciated. We got up, got the hotel breakfast and then made sure the phone with Google Maps got fully charged. I also had to go to the drugstore and get some personal items. The poor guy who helped me probably … Continue reading

I drove in Turkey!

We returned from Cairo with a couple days to spare in Turkey. Jeanette had arranged for us to fly down to Izmir to see some sights nearby. We arrived in Izmir and went to get our rental car. Gotta admit I was a bit apprehensive about driving in Turkey after spending a few days in … Continue reading

Oct 2 (con’t) Pamukkale

After Afrodisias, we continued to drive through Turkey. Coming from the US, you would not believe how many solar panels were on all of the houses and apartment buildings. I guess someone has figured out how to make solar affordable. We drove past cotton and corn fields and orchards of pomegranate and nut trees. The … Continue reading

Oct 2 – I love Afrodisias!

After the 5:15 AM wake-up call and packing 2 days of clothes and stuff into backpacks, since Pegasus air charges 3 Turkish lira/kg for any checked bags we got on the 6AM shuttle to the airport. Then waited until 6:40 AM (2 hours before the flight) to get checked in and went right to the … Continue reading

Sep 30/Oct 1 – Resort Days

Friday morning at his 7:10 AM tee time Earl finally got to check off playing golf in Africa off his bucket list, I slept in until about 8, and went to the breakfast buffet at the hotel. After hearing that there were more protests in Tahir Square and after all of the pyramid excitement, we … Continue reading


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