May 25, 2017

Rome’s Colosseum

Follow us on Facebook! The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built and a must-see highlight of any visit to Rome. We spent a day there before taking a Mediterranean cruise in 2011. After the cruise we spent another day in the city. That first day had us take a hop on/hop off bus around the city and one of our hop off points was the Colosseum. We grabbed a light lunch and then walked around the perimeter. It is an ancient building and in remarkably good repair considering it is almost 2000 years old. Construction started under Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD. He died in 79 AD and did…

March 13, 2017

The Mayan Ruins at Tulum

Follow us on Facebook! When you stay in Cancun, it seems almost mandatory to check out some ancient ruins while you’re there. The most popular is Chichen Itza which is 200 kilometres inland. But also popular though not as well known is the coastal Mayan city of Tulum. It is right along the coast 128 kilometres from Cancun. Tulum was a walled city and a seaport, a major trading hub for the Mayan civilization with a population of around 1000-1600 people. It thrived between the 13th and 15th centuries but was decimated by diseases brought in by the Spanish. By the end of the 16th century it was completely abandoned. Major…

January 22, 2017

An Epistle About the Ephesians

Follow us on Facebook! You may recall the New Testament book called Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. The Ephesians were the people of an ancient city called Ephesus. Today its ruins have been well excavated though new excavation continues to this day. This archaeological site is about twenty kilometres from the Turkish port city of Kusadasi. Built in the 10th Century BC, Ephesus was a flourishing Greek city for almost a thousand years. The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, (around 550 BC) was near here. Little of the temple remains today. In 129 B.C. the city fell into Roman hands. In 88 BC a short-lived revolt brought…

January 22, 2017

Photo Gallery: Ephesus # 1

Follow us on Facebook! The photo above was made from several merged together in Photoshop. Below are some more pics of our visit to Ephesus and Kusadasi. Continue on to our next Photo Gallery. Photo Gallery: Ephesus # 2 An Epistle About the Ephesians (main article) Follow us on Facebook!

January 22, 2017

Photo Gallery: Ephesus # 2

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some more pics from our visit to Kusadasi and Ephesus. The picture above is of the amphitheatre. It was merged from two photos so the upper left is a bit of a blur. If you missed the rest of this series, click a link below. An Epistle About the Ephesians Photo Gallery: Ephesus # 1 Follow us on Facebook!

April 19, 2016

The Cats of Cadiz

Follow us on Facebook! Cadiz, Spain was the third port of call on the trans-Atlantic cruise we took in April 2009. It lies along the coast of Spain  on the Atlantic about 150 kilometres from Gibraltar (119 km via the inland route), not quite two thirds of the way from Portugal to Gibraltar. It lies on a narrow spit of land, a peninsula, jutting out from the mainland to enclose a large bay, though it looks more like an island connected by a causeway to the mainland. The city is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. It is the capital of the province of…