Greece and Turkey

My Easter Holiday started out with a bang as my wife’s parents came to visit us from the States. They were only in Birmingham for one day before the four of us went on holiday to Greece and Turkey.  We stayed in places we found on Airbnb, which is cheaper and allows you to feel like more of a local.

Our first stop was Athens, Greece.  Here we visited the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, and a few museums.

Temple of Zeus
Temple of Zeus
Parthenon
Parthenon

Next, we went to Santorini, which was more of the relaxing part of the trip.  We got to stay in a cave house just like the ones you see in the brochures!  We had a great view from our front porch and were able to go to the beach, though the water was freezing!

Lunch on a black sand beach
Lunch on a black sand beach
View from our front porch
View from our front porch
Red Beach
Red Beach
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Watching the sunset

 

We then our way to Selçuk/Ephesus, Turkey.  Selçuk is a small town with a lot of history, as the ancient city of Ephesus is just outside of it.  This was probably my favorite part of the trip.  The people here were so nice and welcoming and we were able to learn about the ancient Ephesians that dated back to Biblical times and beyond.

Library in Ephesus
Library in Ephesus
Believed to be the last place Virgin Mary lived
Believed to be the last place Virgin Mary lived
Original baptismal font at the Basilica of St. John
Original baptismal font at the Basilica of St. John

We then traveled to Cappadocia, Turkey, which is known for its chimney caves and rock structures.  We stayed in Göreme, which is known for its house caves.  We visited an underground city and hiked through the scenic countryside.

Underground city
Underground City
Ice Cream Valley
Ice Cream Valley
Göreme
Göreme

The last stop on our trip was Istanbul.  Here we visited the historical sites and in between our adventures we explored the city, though we didn’t have enough time to see everything, as the city is massive!

Hagia Sofia
Hagia Sofia
The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque
Spice Bazaar
Spice Bazaar

We had a great time visiting Greece and Turkey.  We loved trying new foods and meeting the people there.  It was a great way to end term 2 and have a little time off not worrying about assignments or exams.

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