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More Atatürk

Before I forget, here are two more busts of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. His image is everywhere in Turkey, in restaurants, the Grand Bazaar, government offices and museums.

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Disco Boat

The Superfast VI is a hybrid – part car ferry, part entry-level cruise ship. The garage portion of the ship as it is called carries semi trucks hauling trailers and passengers cars, mostly the former.  Then there are passenger cabins … Continue reading

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No One Wants Vietnamese Currency

I left Vietnam with several hundred thousand in that country’s currency, the dong, tucked in my bag. At $4.80 per 100,000 dong, this is no big deal but I have periodically tried to unload it, without success. Most recently the … Continue reading

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An Afternoon in Patras

I had several fine, inexpensive meals in Athens, most memorably at a family-run restaurant in the Plaka section, just below the Acropolis. While I was there the staff was somewhat frantically preparing for a private dinner party for 60 people … Continue reading

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Athens Without Drachma

Having my pocket picked on the Athens Metro, and visiting the Acropolis. Continue reading

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Morning in Istanbul

I was up with the muezzin this morning, and out the door of the hotel at 5:15, before the call to prayers ended. Let’s just say that the streets were not exactly teeming with the faithful answering the call. The … Continue reading

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