Visits to Ancient Town of Ephesus, and Mother Mary’s Humble Abode

At "Mary's House" in Selçuk, Western Turkey, believed to be the home where the mother of Jesus lived out her last years, I learned that Muslims venerate Mary as a shining example of submitting to the will of God. Visiting the stone building is a humble and humbling experience. (Our photo essay.) Afterwards, we toured... Continue Reading →

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Innocents Abroad

Watch This On Youtube.com. Watch This On Youtube.com.The Great Pleasure Excursion of 1867 was "chatted about in newspapers everywhere in America..." Participants "were to sail away in a great steamship with flags flying and cannon pealing, and take a royal holiday beyond the broad ocean, in many a strange clime and in many a land... Continue Reading →

Setting Off On 18-Day Mediterranean Cruise

Brothers aboard the Grand Princess. This ship model is made of sugar. My two sons, Matthew,  25, Alex, 12, and I wheeled our suitcases out of our apartment complex in Kayseri, Turkey, headed for our version of Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad.  In 1867, Twain crossed the Atlantic by steamer and explored Europe, Turkey and the... Continue Reading →

Thrilling Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Princess Ship

Up around 7:00 am the next morning for our 18-day cruise. Matthew left our hotel room in Chevekechia, Italy, a charming port outside Rome, to take the crew bus to the Grand Princess and begin his next eight-month contract. Alex and I walked around Chevekechia for a couple of hours, then entered the harbor area, filled out a bunch of paperwork,... Continue Reading →

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