Named for the sound these little vehicles make, tuk tuks are taxis in Southern Asia. They have a small motorcycle motor, 3 wheels, a front seat for the driver and a rear seat for passengers. I doubt you could get one licensed and insured for use in the US. However, they move people, their shopping … More Tuk Tuks
Often times on a tour you get to see something you didn’t expect. Today was one of those times. Near the entrance to the underground city at Derinkuyu was a church. It has cross shaped windows as you will see from the photo. It is a Greek Orthodox Church built in the 19th century as … More Serendipity
Today’s post will be minus photos. I’m doing you a favor. One of the things you should do on a visit to Turkey is visit a Hammam. Traditional baths where one can get so clean you squeak on the way home. There is one down the hill from my studio rental that is used by … More The Hamman
This is the oldest part of Istanbul. Also know as Constantinople. It’s where the bombing occurred a few weeks ago. However, when you visit Istanbul you must see the sites here. My tour consisted of our guide and a fellow from Xian. We started at the Blue Mosque. (Tip: women should have a scarf with … More The Sulanamet
I am staying in a vacation rental in Istanbul. Had I seen the neighborhood I might have chosen elsewhere, but prior guests say it is very safe. The studio apartment is in a basement in what in the US would pass for an ally. It’s a traditional Greek and Jewish neighborhood. I will try to … More Getting Lost
Back in the day, Chucko and I would go down to London now and then to see a show, sightsee, etc. If we stayed overnight we spent 7 pounds on a B&B in Sussex Gardens or splurge for an en suite room for 19 at the Columbia House. This past weekend I treated my family … More London, not what it was….
I booked a rail tour that started at 7:00 Monday morning. Train to Limerick where we met our coach for the rest of the day. First stop was Bunratty Castle. It was built in the 15th c., but abandoned in the 19th. Purchased by a gentleman who restored the roof and furnished it with period … More It’s the Bunrattiest!
I think my title is Gaelic for welcome, minus some accents. I arrived in Dublin last night after my penultimate flight on Ryan Air. It was also my first flight with this airline. I remember the good ole days of flying when we rode 1st class since my dad worked as a radio technician for … More Failte
My daughter Bonnie was born in the UK and has dual citizenship. She and her husband decided to leave the US to live here in Bath. Bonnie manages a coffee shop at Union and Burton streets above a clothing shop called Rupert and Buckley. It’s a great place watch the people coming and going in … More View from Picnic Coffee on Burton St
Britains put on pantomimes every year in January. These are traditional stories from childhood set with lots of humor and singing. There has to be a “Panto Dame” and must be played by a man for laughs. Sometimes there is a dancing pony played by two people. No two productions are ever the same as … More The Panto