The Aegean Journey

May 28, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — B @ 6:12 pm

A last post from B from home. I think Amy has a last post also ready to go so hopefully that will appear soon. I’m just going to include some more photos and some last thoughts. One of the highlights of the trip for me was in the last leg, on our return to Greece. We visited Meteora, which consists of this huge array of columnar rock formations, some of which have operating monasteries perched at the top of them. It’s become fairly touristy, but one our second day in the area, we hiked up to one of the monasteries on our own, and we were the only ones on the path, which was an incredible experience. We returned to Athens before our flight home and enjoyed our last sampling of one of the other highlights of the trip: Greek food and wine.

Overall, I think I would say if pressed, I preferred Turkey to Greece. The highs simply couldn’t be matched: Cappadocia, Pamukkale, the Ifthar meal, the dervish Sema. But I definitely preferred Greek food. The seafood was amazing, and there was such a huge variety of incredible food. In Turkey, after a while the food got a little same-y. Kofte and kebab is good but you can only eat so much of it.

Other highlights: the Acropolis. The Parthenon was cool, but covered in scaffolding (you could walk around to the other side for a less-scaffolded view, which was more than could be said for the miserable Blue Mosque). Still, the perched-on-a-hill setting made this complex of ruins stand out above others. Our cave hotel in Cappadocia and this being our view from the terrace. The architecture, calligraphy, and tilework at Topkapi Palace, and Islamic calligraphy in mosques in general. The well preserved mosaics at Chora Church, and in general experiencing the remnants of the Christian Byzantine world. The underground cistern. Greek food. Turkish breakfast. Being in the actual cave where John wrote the Revelation.

Oh, and all the kedi. (Kedi is Turkish for cat; we called all cats on this trip kedi including the Greek ones, mostly because of our love of this film.) They were everywhere, but especially in the less touristed parts of Istanbul, Ephesus, Meteora, and on Mykonos. So, last photo, our travel buddy Bunny with a bunch of Ephesian kedi.

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