Monday, July 09, 2007

Dracula, a Full Moon & Roman Ruins

We are home after a hectic few weeks of travel. Our route? Istanbul to Antalya, back to Istanbul thru Bulgaria to Romania, a stop in Bucharest and a return to Istanbul. The first half by car and the rest by train.
Stanley in Antioch Psidia

Our Romanian hotel was not too far from the lake and island where the grave of Count Dracula is located. Our schedule didn't have room for us to stop and pay our respects to the Count...figures, there was even a full moon for ambiance.
Now back in Istanbul there are just a few days to go before the kickoff of the The Silk Road Exp 07 and we are at full throttle with repacking and pulling all the loose ends together. We are really tired, but looking forward to a great season in the mountains.
Passing through Antioch Psidia Stanley played historian/archaeologist and tour guide. He had spent the weeks prior to our trip reading up on the Roman occupation of Central Anatolia.

Downtown Antioch

Bosfor Express

Elle and Stanley's Cabin

Crossing The Danube

The SRE07 will take in the Black Sea coastal villages of Turkey stopping in for several weeks at our Dogubeyazit digs and then concentrating on the Iran and Iraq border villages in southeast Turkey. The kickoff is approaching fast-- stay tuned!

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Living, Traveling, and Wandering on the Far Side of the World

Living, Traveling, and Wandering on the Far Side of the World