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  • Turkey Archives
    the opulence of the Topkapi Palace intricately Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Going to the Library By Donna Hull on 2014 08 23 in Cruise excursions Destinations Do Europe Trip Tips Turkey The Library of Celsus is probably the most photographed ruin in Ephesus Turkey Constructed between 110 and 135 A D by Julius Aquilla in memory of his father Celsus Polemaeanus a Roman Senator and Governor of Asia the elegant building was more than just a library It was also Celsus Polemaeanus tomb which was located in a sarcophagus beneath the main Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring Ephesus on a Royal Princess Cruise Excursion By Donna Hull on 2014 01 30 in Active travel Bucket list trips Cruise excursions Destinations Do Europe Trip Tips Turkey Standing at the top of the hill in Ephesus near the Magnesia Gate south entrance I look around to see artifacts scattered on the ground as if someone forgot to put the giant pieces of a puzzle together And considering the numerous earthquakes that have occurred in the area through the centuries there s a strong Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s Scene Cultures Collide in Istanbul By Donna Hull on 2013 09 14 in Active travel Asia Cruise excursions Destinations Europe See Trip Tips Turkey Turkey Entering Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey I m a bit confused Christian and Muslim art are displayed side by side Is this a cathedral or a mosque like Sultan Ahmed The answer now a state museum the venerable building with a tumultuous history has served in both capacities Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of the massive Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene looking up in Istanbul By Donna Hull on 2013

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  • A Visit to Nara, Japan: One Giant Buddha and Lots of Hungry Deer
    was a much welcomed change in that it s compact easy to navigate and of course there are messenger deer Seems so sweet and cuddly right Considered in Shinto to be messengers of the gods these Sika deer are all over the place in Nara but are mainly concentrated in the expansive Nara Park found on the way to the local sites There are a few vendors in the park that sell crackers so visitors can feed the deer They come for the crackers but may take all they can get This little guy almost lost one of his cute little fingers The Nara deer are very used to people and they are tame by wild animal standards However if you choose to feed these doe eyed creatures consider yourself warned that these hungry deer get rather aggressive when it comes to food Don t be surprised to get nine or ten of them jostling you to drop the cracker or even nipping at your clothes And as cute as they are these greedy deer are certainly not the only tourist attraction in Nara There are fifteen World Heritage sites found within the three UNESCO World Heritage Listings in Nara Thankfully the city is easy to navigate on foot and most of the sites are within walking distance from each other While Nara s claims to Unesco fame makes for a long list it s the enormous Buddha located in the world s largest wooden building the Todaiji temple that should be your first stop The immense temple was constructed in 752 and has more than enough space for the 15 meter tall bronze statue that dominates the interior The Todai ji Temple looks enormous from the outside but once you re inside the space is unbelievable As the largest enclosed bronze Buddha in the world this is Nara s gem and it s easy to see why Additionally a trip to Nara wouldn t be complete without a visit to the incredible Kasuga Taisha the city s most celebrated shrine Located in the Kasugayama Primeval Forest another Unesco World Heritage Site the shrine is most famous for its massive collection of stone and bronze lanterns Twice a year during local festivals they light all of the lanterns and you can just imagine how beautiful that is Over three thousand stone laterns donated by families line the walk way up to the shrine Once inside the hanging lanterns are really beautiful especially in contrast to the red pillars in the temple Nara was a beautiful stop on our Japanese tour and certainly a must if you re headed to this part of the world A lot of people take a day trip to Nara from nearby Kyoto because the train ride is just about 40 minutes However we stayed the night there in order to be able to explore this beautiful town at a leisurely place which was completely worth it All of the Japanese towns we visited were incredible

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  • Nicole - My Itchy Travel Feet
    all the travel that Alan and I do requires months and months of research and planning But it s spring and we have itchy travel feet Plus Alan looked at me yesterday and said you really need a break So tomorrow morning we Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 04 09 in News From Donna Alan and I went snowshoeing last Saturday Can you believe it Here check out the photo that I shared on Facebook be sure to like our page while you re there I know we should be thinking about spring travel but a warm sunny day for snowshoeing was more than we could resist It was our Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Top Five National Park Travel Apps By Nicole on 2016 04 05 in Plan Trip Tips Surely you must know by now how much we love to explore our National Park system Alan and Donna have made some incredible memories over the years while exploring the Grand Canyon Canyonlands and many more This year marks the park system s 100th anniversary and we are going to be celebrating throughout the month of Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 04 02 in News Trip Tips From Donna Do you have itchy travel feet for a boomer road trip Alan and I are in the midst of revising one because of a medical situation with one of our parents First it s on then it s halfway on then it s completely off sometime there are just too many choices But if we could travel anywhere in April Alan Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 03 26 in News Trip Tips From Donna The terrorist bombings in Brussels have dominated this week s news And I ve seen plenty of folks in the travel industry encouraging us to travel to Europe anyway While I m all for not giving in to terrorism I also believe that you should travel within your comfort zone So if you aren t comfortable traveling Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 03 19 in News Trip Tips From Donna This edition of News for the Week is going to be short and sweet I ve been sick all week and Nicole is on vacation But that doesn t mean we don t have great articles for you so read on From Nicole Nicole is taking a much needed break Actually she s visiting family in the U S Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 03 12 in News Trip Tips From Donna Our extended family has experienced a couple of medical emergencies this week Watching our loved ones deal with them has reminded me of how important it is to be prepared when it

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  • Tips for visiting the Blue Mosque
    to 1616 the Blue Mosque has one main dome eight secondary domes and six minarets But the art isn t limited to the ceiling Dark red oriental carpets cover the floor which makes it more comfortable for worshippers to kneel and pray Unfortunately due to a theft problem the originals have been removed so their beauty is left to one s imagination Electrified lamps hang from circles of black iron that dangle from the ceiling According to Wikipedia the lamps were once oil lamps and encrusted with gold and gems What a sight that must have been Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still used for worship so plan your visit around prayer times Mid morning is an excellent time to visit And expect to wait in line this is one of Istanbul s most popular tourist destinations Entrance is free My photo of the Blue Mosque doesn t do it justice A tripod and advanced camera would have helped To see what I mean take a look at Sherry Ott s Istanbul photos at Ott s World She has a beautiful shot of the Blue Mosque When entering a mosque women are required to cover their shoulders and head The mosque provides robes with hoods for that purpose but why not be respectful and dress appropriately in the first place Tuck a scarf or pashmina into your purse for covering your head We were also required to remove our shoes and place them in plastic bags which we carried with us Have you visited the Blue Mosque Did you get a neck ache Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email Thinking about booking a Royal Princess Cruise Take a look at all of the articles from my cruise on Royal Princess

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  • Autumn in Siberia is an exotic fall leaf peeping experience
    from Vancouver to Singapore on Regent Seven Seas Mariner we experienced the fall colors of the Kamchatka Peninsula on a cruise excursion to the smoking volcanoes As you can see from the photo the color was mostly limited to wildflowers and ground covers although if you look real hard there s a tinge of gold on the upper left hand side of the photo I have to say that this is most exotic leaf watching experience of my boomer travel life Do you have a favorite part of the world for viewing the changing leaves Post a comment to tell us where we should be in 2013 to see the fall colors Alan and I are partial to the golden view at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park You may also like to read Seven Off the Beaten Path National Parks to Avoid the Crowds Montreal City Guide On Our Own in Cartagena Spain Eleven Questions to Ask Before Traveling to Europe If You Only Have One Day in Key West About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet she

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  • Russia Archives
    autumn in Siberia Alan and I are raising our hands here While cruising from Vancouver to Singapore on Regent Seven Seas Mariner we experienced the fall colors of the Kamchatka Peninsula on a cruise excursion to the smoking volcanoes As you can see from the photo Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Smoking in Siberia By Donna Hull on 2011 02 26 in Asia Cruise excursions Russia See Siberia A smoking volcano dominates the scenery in this photo taken on the Kamatchka Peninsula in eastern Siberia Alan and I were on a cruise excursion with Regent Seven Sea Cruises that traveled by army truck to Nalychevo Nature Park It a baby boomer adventure worth repeating some day Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Siberian Smoke By Donna Hull on 2009 10 31 in Active travel Asia Russia See Siberia I captured this smoking shot while exploring the Kamchatka Peninsula by Russian army truck Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Luxury Living on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner By Donna Hull on 2009 10 28 in Asia China Cruise excursions Do Go Japan Russia Siberia Today Alan and I are on a cruise excursion in Bangkok Thailand part of our Vancouver to Singapore cruise on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner Even though we re out exploring you can still keep up with our baby boomer adventures In this week s installment of Dispatch from Donna at the Luxury Cruise Bible blog I Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring Siberia s Smoking Volcanoes by Army Truck By Donna Hull on 2009 10 13 in Asia Boomer road trips Do Go Russia Siberia When you think of of Siberia do you envision a vast frozen wasteland As a baby boomer growing up

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  • A visit to Israel: One boomer shares his travel experience
    Day war in 1967 the lands beyond the mountains were what we now know as the West Bank From a military standpoint a 9 mile distance from border to sea is indefensible More statistics 134 air miles separate Jerusalem from Damascus Syria an open enemy of Israel It is 263 miles from the northernmost point of Israel to Elat Israel s port on the Gulf of Aqaba which leads to the Red Sea You can easily drive from the top to the bottom of Israel in one day on an excellent road system The Sea of Galilee also known as the sea of Tiberius is 6 miles wide by 15 miles long what we call a good sized lake in the United States A visit to Israel is spiritual In Tel Aviv one cannot help but notice the vast number of construction cranes that are operating It appears that the worldwide recession has not affected Israel s economy which had an unemployment rate of 5 6 in 2011 Source the CIA But Israel also happens to be sacred to the world s three greatest religions Judaism Islam and Christianity By the end of our first tour day which ended at Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee we had visited the Roman ruins of Caesarea the plains of Megiddo the site according to Bible prophecy where the battle of Armageddon will take place Nazareth where Christ grew up and Cana where Christ turned water into wine Gary Pierce experiencing a mud facial from the Dead Sea It is only 15 miles from Nazareth to Tiberius however there is an amazing drop in elevation Nazareth is 1200 feet above sea level the Sea of Galilee is 700 feet below sea level According to Scripture and biblical scholars Jesus spent most 60 to 70 of his three year ministry in and around the town of Capernaum on the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee where he walked on water and calmed the waves From Capernaum you can easily see the purported sites of the Sermon on the Mount the feeding of the 5000 with two fish and five barley loaves and the place where the herd of pigs rushed down a steep bank and drowned in the Sea of Galilee Among the many sights and activities we enjoyed on the tour was being baptized in the Jordan River exploring Masada the desert palace fortress of Herod the Great where a Roman siege lasting many months ended with the mass suicide of the inhabitants of Masada floating in the Dead Sea the lowest place on earth at 1388 feet below sea level and visiting Yad Vashem the Holocaust Museum In Jerusalem we explored the Mount of Olives and walked down to the Garden of Gethsemane only 200 yards from the wall of the old city Again we realized the compact size of the historic sites in Jerusalem The Wailing Wall At the Wailing Wall or Western Wall the last remnants of the Temple

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  • Israel Archives
    and small By Donna Hull on 2012 09 02 in Asia Bucket list trips Go Israel A visit to Israel Is that an item on your travel to do list In today s guest post Gary Pierce is back remember when he told us about seeing the Caribbean in your own sailboat This time Gary s sharing his experiences from a 10 day luxury bus tour of Israel What did

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