"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

- Augustine of Hippo


"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

- Louie Armstrong

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."

- Anita Desai

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else."

- Lawrence Block

" Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

We have seen places our parents could only imagine in their wildest dreams!

As we travel, we plan to fill the pages with what we learn as we explore this beautiful world and meet its magnificent people. We hope all who stumble upon these pages will enjoy what they find here and will be inspired to get out of town!

“Slow to Take, Quick to Give”

    The title is, in a nutshell, how Grant Golliher describes his philosophy on working with horses. People usually call it “horse whispering.” Golliher thinks it’s the best way to develop the maximum potential of not only horses, but also employees and children. He just thinks of it as good leadership and mentorship. Grant…

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Impressions of Türkiye

I think we all could admit that we have lots of preconceived ideas about everything in life. It’s just a characteristic of people everywhere. It’s baked in to who we are. We had opinions and ideas about what we would see and learn here in Turkey, but we were also very open minded and eager…

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The Library of Celsus

There can be no doubt that the Library of Celsus is the iconic symbol of Ephesus. No one who visits the site would honestly give you an accurate accounting of just how many photos of the library their phone holds. It’s a crazy obsession, but when you see it from different angles, you lose all…

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Whirling Dervishes

Everyone talks now about words and phrases that “trigger” them. Here are some words and phrases that trigger us: folkloric show, native costumes, traditional songs and dances. Nothing makes us head for the nearest exit more than watching a bunch of teenagers don hokey costumes, rolling down the sleeves to cover their tats, pulling on…

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My Beautiful Balloon Ride

I am hopeful that after today, I can finally be done my latest earworm. I thought it was only the Sahara that gave me earworms, but I have had one this week because of the hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia this morning. Cue “Up, Up and Away” by the Fifth Dimension. Over and over…

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Cats, or kedi, as they are called in Turkish, are everywhere in Istanbul. In a country once ruled by sultans and kings, cats rule now. Estimates as to how many stray cats there are in Istanbul run from several hundred thousand up to a million. No doubt about it: Istanbul is a kitty city. Turks…

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Picasso’s Landscapes

“There are four (Picasso) landscapes that I wish you could see. Strange to me that no one has considered him as a great landscape painter.”~~~ Alice B. Toklas, 1948   One morning back in January, Rick read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a new exhibit making the rounds in the art world.…

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