Summer. sailing. greek isles. Put these together and they promise nothing but pleasure. I had been pondering a trip to Greece for some time, but was daunted by the atrocious economic and political situation.
Bodrum is not just another pretty place. While it is indeed a fashionable resort town on the Mediterranean, with a harbor dancing with flotillas of pleasure craft, it also has deep ties to antiquity.
Bodrum is the primary resort town and yachting center on the Aegean coast of Turkey and lies a 75-minute flight south of Istanbul. Thirty years ago, it was a sleepy, exquisite little place.
From Bodrum, we ventured into Cappadocia, a region of central Turkey that we had not visited for many years. A remarkable area, it is best known for its surreal rock formations, which create one of the most distinctive landscapes on earth.
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Although it is one of the country's most historic cities, Philadelphia tends to be overshadowed by the nearby skyscrapers of Manhattan and the monuments of Washington, D.C. Nor has its reputation been enhanced by Hollywood, which generally portrays Philadelphia as gritty (as in "Rocky") or grim (as in "The Sixth Sense"). This isn't fair to the charming and pedestrian-friendly Philadelphia of today.
Philadelphia has more notoriety for a certain sandwich than fame for fine dining, but in fact, its restaurants exhibit impressive creativity and sophistication. In the past, we've enjoyed marvelous meals at the likes of Vetri and Amada, and our recent stay included a veritable parade of delicious cuisine.
Our return visit had been inspired by the newly opened Barnes Foundation, crowning the museum-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In 1912, the famous curmudgeon Dr. Albert C. Barnes started to assemble an astounding array of Impressionist, post-Impressionist and early Modern masterpieces.