Monday, November 29, 2010

When I set up this blog in September a week before I took off on a two month trip, I had happy visions of posting fascinating tales from France to Egypt to Jordan, then on to Syria, Lebanon, and finishing up with Turkey. Well, the whole entrprise has had a lot more to do with being a turkey than visiting the country or cooking the bird. For 60 non-stop days, I was moving: bus, taxi, train, ferry, bus, taxi, bus, bus bus...and if I wasn't moving I was sightseeing: pyramids, temples, mosques, cathedrals (there was a cathedral, right?), tombs, ruins, temples, tombs, tombs, temples, tombs. Egyptian, Roman, Nabataean, Mamluk, Crusader, Ottoman, more Roman and yet more Roman. In the end, even I had had enough ruins. In Antalya, where the ever-traveling Roman Emperor Hadrian visited, I yawned as I passed under the gate he'd had built nearly 2000 years ago. Another triumphal gate? Such a bore!
But enough whining. It was a fabulous trip. Giza, Luxor, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Dendara, Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Tombs of the Nobles, Dahab and the Red Sea!...and that's just Egypt! Petra! Jerash! Damascus! Palmyra! Beirut! Nemrut Dag! It was spectacular! And I can't figure out how to get the photos off my chip and into the computer! But I will, I promise.
And, I am a failure at deciphering foreign keyboards, particularly the ones in Turkey. Apparently American programs don't read Turkish typing; the @ is in wierd places over in the eastern Med. So that's why you haven't gotten the scores of informative, recipe-ridden blogs.
Sorry. I'll do better next time.
Ps - Is this type too small?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a whirlwind. No time to draw? Recipes and details from home please. I hate it when I can't find the @.
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