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A Whirling Dervish is not just a character in a Bugs Bunny Cartoon

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Part Two - Turkey

Continuing the journey from Jordan to Turkey with Olive Baptista, Specialty Tour, Luxury Trains & Cruise Consultant at UNIGLOBE Geo Travel in Nanaimo and intrepid traveler and adventurer.  Olive shares her adventures on a recent trip to Jordan and Turkey

From Jordan we took a flight to Istanbul for a surprise hook-up with another of my tour groups at at a popular restaurant called “Hamde” where we enjoyed a delicious Turkish meal.

Monks Valley Rock Formations

Our tour in Turkey was filled with very interesting tours each day. The town of Goreme near Cappadocia was unique with the wide landscape of the rock formations. The landscape was quite spectacular and the best views are from balloons that go up early in the morning. There is also an underground cave city which is open for tourists to visit.

Some of the large rock caves have been taken over by hotel developments and are now used as luxury hotels.   The Yunak Eveleri is one of these cave hotels.   (more…)

 

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Taking the Plunge in a Turkish Bath

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Part One - Jordan

Olive Baptista is a Specialty Tour, Luxury Trains & Cruise Consultant at UNIGLOBE Geo Travel in Nanaimo as well as an intrepid traveler and adventurer.  Olive shares her adventures on a recent trip to Jordan and Turkey.

Ephesus Gals

I just returned from a great tour of Jordan and Turkey where I traveled with a group of lady friends who are very adventurous and always eager to see and do things. Both countries offer a wide range of places to visit and explore,a  variety of food and fabulous  shopping . Some of us had visited India together in 2011 and hence I was aware of the things to add in the itinerary for each day.

Our flights were out of Vancouver so we headed out the night prior and stayed at the Accent Inn Vancouver Airport . The friendly and helpful staff makes it very convenient for a stopover.

Soon after our arrival Wadi Rum and a ride in the desert up and down the dunes in an open jeep got the adrenaline flowing. Some of us jumped out of the jeep and tried to walk up the dunes. The sand was heavy and the trudge up was exhausting. It was fascinating to see the young guide run up. We felt age was definitely catching up with us as our steps were slow but sure.  (more…)

 

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