A Wandering Tale

Monthly Archives: September 2011

The day before Angie headed back to Istanbul, we rented a car to explore the ancient ruins of Priene, Miletus, and Didyma, scattered along the Turkish Aegean coast. Despite the extreme sticker shock of a full tank of gas, it was one of our nicest days. Free to wander (and on my part wanting to use up all that expensive gas we’d just bought), we decided to take a detour and follow a… Read More

When Angie arrived in Istanbul our travel plans were still unsettled as she was coming out of one of our war-torn regions and didn’t know her arrival date until the last-minute, nor did she have a ticket home. We’d emailed about traveling through Eastern Europe since I’d found several cheap flights home from Germany, but decided once she arrived to stay in Turkey, which was definitely the right decision. Unfortunately I’d packed… Read More

The 26-hour bus from Tbilisi to Istanbul was probably the nicest I’ve been on, with coffee and tea service, a TV at each seat, and regular stops at full service restaurants, several of them owned by the bus company, Metro. The most difficult part was crossing the border between Sarpi, Georgia and Hopa, Turkey and even that was a minor annoyance. Several long-haul buses arrived at the same time and we all… Read More