The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Fifteen

Next stop, the home of ole St. Nick, where he was bishop--- Myra. There are two sides to Myra. There is the more recent Christian side, where thousands of pilgrims from Russia and elsewhere come to receive a blessing at the church of St Nicholas. We will look at that side first (right after we had lunch). But there is also the Lykian and Greco-Roman remains which are extensive, and impressive to see as well. First though, here's a sort of touristy map of all of Turkey, in two parts, see if you … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Fourteen

At this juncture, we sadly left our boat behind, and resorted to a bus for the rest of the journey to Antalya. Along the way we had significant stops in mind. On this day we would pass through Xanthos, the Lykian capital city, on the way to stopping at length at Patara, and then on to Myra, the town of St. Nicholas himself. To get oriented here is a mapSee if you can find Xanthos (spelled with a Ks on this map) and Patara, a city which Paul did stop at on his way back to Jerusalem. Read … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Thirteen

Our next day was full of incident. We sailed to Gemeler island, otherwise known as St. Nicholas island, the former home of various Orthodox Churches, a monastery, and a world class view. This island was a stopping off point for pilgrims on the way to the Holy Land for many centuries. It is indeed a beautiful, restful spot... but you have to be careful.There was in addition, a warning written in the sand on the beach where one lands, saying 'Beware of the Spiders!!!' And they weren't … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Twelve

We sailed away from Fethiye to have a bit of fun for a day, a bit of swimming in a pretty cove, and maybe some hiking (which this time I passed on. I had done this hike before). The morning began with some cloudsThere were other boats of a similar ilk in this cove as well...The bay is really quite popular and is known as Cleopatra' Bay or Ruin Bay. There are some ruins there, but nothing much worth exploring. But because it is a popular bay, the vendor boats started showing up... … [Read more...]

An Unbearable Situation on the Golf Course

So this foursome came up to the fifteenth green in Vancouver only to discover unexpectedly there was a foursome in front of them on the green, involving the bear. No, not Jack Nicklaus, he's the golden bear, these are black bears.......dancing bears, bears using the flag stick as a back scratcher..... see what you think … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Eleven

Today we went to visit a ghost town, with a tragic story behind it. The town is called Kayakoy, and it was a thriving Greek village near the coast of Turkey until 1923.... the horrible year of repatriation, when millions of Greeks were sent packing back to Greece (never mind they had lived there for over two thousand years) while hundreds and thousands of Turks were sent from Greece back to Turkey. This village basically became a ghost town over the period of a few years. It's a horrible story, … [Read more...]

On a Hill Far Away, A Song—– The Hillsong Phenomenon

There is a very fine article in the NY Times this morning on the spreading influence of Hillsong, opening churches in lots of places, including now NY and L.A. Here is the link, see what you think....http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/10/us/hillsong-megachurch-with-a-beat-lures-a-young-flock.html?emc=edit_th_20140910&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=31133870&_r=0" title="Hillsong">Here's a clue----- it's all about the music, and the exhilarating experience. … [Read more...]

The Gulet Boat Adventures and More: Part Ten

Fethiye has a lovely little museum of its own, and if you walk there you see yet more Lykian sarcophagi..... like this one just sitting in a public school yard....Aslan welcomes you into this fine one floor museum.Once inside the air conditioned museum (unlike the big one in Istanbul--- hint, hint), there is a useful map which shows us not only where Fethiye is but where the Lykian kingdom was....And while you're pondering that, here is a nice little bit of museum … [Read more...]

From Black Jackets to Blue Notes

'If Music be the food of love---- play on!' said Shakespeare, and he was right. I have had quite the musical weekend, in between a lot of work for CNN, recording some shows for next Easter week. First, Ann and I went to see the Black Jacket Symphony perform a note for note rendering of the classic Fleetwood album---- Rumors. And then in the second half of the concert perform some of Mac's other great songs and hits. It was a terrific evening all around. Next up, they are doing Hotel … [Read more...]