Cobbled Streets and Castle Keeps: Discovering Carcassonne Charms

I arrived at the Carcassonne main gate at the, for me, early time of 9 am, but was forced to find an americano while i waited for the Carcassonne Château Comtal & ramparts to open at. Walked right in along with a small American high school group and a few others. Taking the self-guided audio… Continue reading Cobbled Streets and Castle Keeps: Discovering Carcassonne Charms

Wander Wise – Travel Alerts for Turkey

One of the most common questions we get is “How safe is Turkey”. Especially with Israel’s invasion of Gaza, many assume it’s become unsafe to travel in Turkey or have seen travel alerts that seem ominous. Over the last 25 years we’ve had no problems with safety or security. Our last tour in Spring 2023 encountered no problems, and I visited in late November and had no problems.

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Medieval Marvels: Rhine Castles on AMAwaterways Cruises

AmaWaterways offers numerous river cruises along rivers in Europe, including the Rhine River. The Rhine River is one of the major waterways in Europe, flowing through several countries including Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. AmaWaterways river cruises let travelers explore the scenic beauty, historical sites, and cultural attractions along the Rhine without having to re-pack and change hotels every day. The only downside of a river cruise is we’re unable to visit the castles – prime encouragement for a future road trip!

Crossing Millenia in a Day – From Hittite Kultepe to Seljuk Sivas

These sites are crucial for understanding the early interactions and commerce between various ancient civilizations in the Near East. The cuneiform tablets found at Kaniš/Kültepe have been instrumental in reconstructing the history of the Hittite Empire and its relationships with neighboring powers.

The Seljuks of Rum, also known as the Anatolian Seljuks, were a medieval Turkish Sunni Muslim dynasty that ruled parts of Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) from the 11th to the 13th century.

Ankara Where Modern Turkey Connects With Its Past

The Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara, is one of my favorite museums in the world (as usual don’t ask me to rank anything – just accept it’s one of the best) In attractive displays it highlights the rich history and cultural heritage of the Anatolia (most of modern Turkey).

Bodrum – Ancient Wonder and Medieval Fortress

We visit this site on our 2024 small group tour Bodrum is located on the southwestern coast of Turkey, known for its rich history and picturesque setting. Here’s an overview of the history of Bodrum: Ancient Halicarnassus: Bodrum was originally known as Halicarnassus in ancient times. It was founded by the Dorians in the 11th… Continue reading Bodrum – Ancient Wonder and Medieval Fortress