Monday, May 23, 2005

All Greeced Out

I've been back for about a week - and I'm still getting over the wee jet lag. A 7 hour time difference really kicks a girl in the ass, let me tell you.

The trip was amazing, I had a blast. Greece is stunningly beautiful, Turkey is fascinating, Elisa and I had a great time together, we met some very cool people (shout out to the Contiki Crew!), and had many many good times. Greek and Turkish men are very aggressive, but similarly amusing; "oh look, it's Charlie's Angels!"; "I want to lick your shoes"; "Not to be too personal, but I'm not married"; and so forth.

Greek food is orgasmically delicious (saganaki + kebabs = so bad for you, but so fucking yummy), even though the food on the cruise ship was fairly horrendous.

The weather was spectacular. It was slightly grey and cloudy in the morning when we were in Istanbul, but after that it was hot and gorgeously sunny. I have a pretty impressive tan, faded to a nice golden brown after the lobster-girl redness of the sunburn. And it did rain for about 30 seconds on my last day in Athens before I left - but we chalked it up to Greece mourning my loss; "Greece is crying for Jo!".

And now it's picture time, boys and girls - just click the link for a view.

The Cruise
  • The Blue Mosque, famous for it's blue-tile lined interior.
  • The stained-glass windows inside the Blue Mosque.
  • A washing station outside of the Blue Mosque
  • Hagia Sofia, a 6th century Church constructed by Constantine and later on converted into a Mosque.
  • Inside Hagia Sofia.
  • A 3,540 foot suspension bridge - the only bridge in the world to connect two continents, Europe and Asia.
  • Elisa and I, behind us is a view of Istanbul and the Bosphorous (a straight separating the two continents).

We unfortunately didn't get to see much of Kusadasi, mainly because we were only there for a few hours and we spent the entire time shopping in the Grand Bazaar.

I think the pictures speak for themselves at this point. I had such a fantastic trip, I'll never forget it. I will go back someday, Greece and Turkey are such beautiful countries that are so full of history. Until then:

YAMMAS! (A toast to your health).


At 4:12 PM , Blogger JACK ARMY said...

Wow! Those are some great photos. Looks like you had a great trip. I'd love to take that trip and see the things you saw, I bet you learned alot about the history of those places.

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

At 10:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD, it looks like you had a fabulous time! I am so jealous. I just finished a class on ancient Mediterranean history, which was fascinating - as a result, more so than ever, I want to visit that area!

I drooled as I looked through your photos. Did I mention I am jealous?


At 1:48 AM , Anonymous Kevin said...

Ahh Greece..I went when I was 17, but I never made it to Turkey. Would do just about anything to get back.

At 5:51 PM , Blogger Richard said...

I was drooling too, and not just at the ones with you and Elisa in them ;P

At 11:43 PM , Blogger Ian Edwards said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! Glad you enjoyed yourself

At 9:42 PM , Blogger GreekGoddess said...

I am glad you had a great time in my country (100% Greek here).
Men ARE really aggressive with foreign women.. I dont know what gets into them lmao.
I've been to Turkey as well and yes it is very beautiful. BTW did anyone mention to you that Istanbul and Kusadasi used to be Greek cities that were conquered from Turkey many many years ago? In fact Hagia Sofia (Means Saint Sofia) used to be a Greek orthodox church.. maybe the biggest in her time.
I am jealous now !!!

At 10:27 PM , Blogger Joanna said...

thanks for the comments, everyone :)

Jenny: actually, Hagia Sophia means "Holy Wisdom", refering to the Holy Wisdom of Christ. And I'm not sure about it being a Greek orthodox Church, I haven't read anything about that and our tour guide didn't mention it. I know a lot of the Catholic mosaics were painted over when it was converted into a mosque, though.

History is so interesting :)

At 9:09 PM , Blogger Tricia said...

Just came here by way of blog explosion and lucky for me!

The pictures are gorgeous!

You must have had a wonderful time.

At 7:00 PM , Blogger supine said...

Hey, congrats on your fabulous trip! The photos are really pretty, the sunset/beach view ones especially. I'm glad you learned some fun history facts, too! Welcome back.


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