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Around and about Athens

Sunday in Athens — I’m pretty sure that while I was growing up on the farm in ND, I ever imagined being able to say that phrase, or more remarkably, actually LIVE it.  Very cool … We began our day … Continue reading

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To Athens

We left Meteora (translated “suspended in the air”) and its mystical rocks Saturday a.m. with Athens as our target; this involved extended time on the bus, but we did stop several times at rest areas as well as at the … Continue reading

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Myths, Museums, Monuments, and Majesty

Christiana, our tour guide on this Greek leg of the trip, is a demonstrative and delightful lady; she has told us on more than one occasion that everything in Greek life has a parallel in mythology.  As we began our … Continue reading

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Tales of Thessaloniki

After spending today entirely in and around Thessaloniki here in the Macedonian province of Greece, we are totally impressed with both the city’s ancient heritage and its contemporary profile.  This large city is careful to protect its historical features, but … Continue reading

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Greece 101

One week ago we left GR for Chicago to join up with others in the Calvin Seminary group traveling to Turkey and Greece, folks that have now become our family.  It’s hard to believe that only seven days have passed … Continue reading

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Our last touring day in Turkey —

Our day began quite early as our scheduled drive from Izmir to Pergamum was to take several hours.  Our tour guide Djenk [His name is spelled “Cenk” but the starting “c” has a Turkish cedilla (It looks like a tail.) … Continue reading

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On food and other important things ….

Today I’d like to give you a snapshot of what foods we have to choose from for our breakfast and lunch times.  Our hotels provide a varied buffet for breakfast which always includes familiar things like breads, jams, dry cereal … Continue reading

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Exploring Ephesus

Right now I am imagining all of you remembering and resonating with what you did, saw, and heard in worship this morning.  We probably were worshiping simultaneously as we ended our day with an intimate service at our hotel:  we … Continue reading

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Great ruins could ruin a person …..

We have been so blessed with sunny weather — perhaps cool temperature-wise, but dry and comfortable.  Even though jackets and fleece are necessary wherever we go, we benefit a great deal from the sunlight as we view and photograph ancient … Continue reading

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Turkey’s faith history dates back to 9000 B.C.?!

First of all today, a bit about ordinary life around us:  gas prices hover around $4/liter, putting the cost at close to $10/gallon.  Djenk told us Turkey and Norway compete almost daily for the highest gas price in the world, … Continue reading

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