Byzantine Travel Journal: Epilogue

Well, we are back home, and this Byzantine journey is completed. Each place we went, at one time, was part of the Byzantine Empire (with perhaps the exception of Odessa), a Christian empire that abided for 1,120 years, and, as the kingdom of God should do, brought the gospel to pagan lands, redeemed and elevated … Continue reading “Byzantine Travel Journal: Epilogue”

Byzantine Travel Journal: Day 16 (Athens)

Today was a stellar day, which is unusual for last days of vacations. We tried to book a private tour guide for Athens because there was so much we wanted to see and only had the day. However, it was a religious holiday, and tour guides were scarce. As a result, it was going to … Continue reading “Byzantine Travel Journal: Day 16 (Athens)”

Byzantine Travel Journal: Day 15 (Ephesus)

My first reaction to Ephesus was one of surprise over the expanse of the ruins and the size of the city. The pictures I took don’t accurately show the size, nor do other pictures I’d seen before coming here. Ephesus was the second largest city in the world in the 1st century A.D. Only Rome … Continue reading “Byzantine Travel Journal: Day 15 (Ephesus)”

Byzantine Travel Journal: Day 14 (On Cruising)

For most of my life, the idea of a going on a cruise was not appealing. My first cruise completely changed my opinion. We are now on our 5th cruise. Here are some of the reasons for my about-face. Cruising is the most relaxing way to see the world.  A cruise offers you the benefit … Continue reading “Byzantine Travel Journal: Day 14 (On Cruising)”

Byzantine Travel Journal: Day 13 (Volos)

Today we made our first stop in Greece.  Volos, Greece.  We didn’t stay there long but instead hopped on a bus early in the morning and headed 2 hours into the interior of Greece to a place called Meteora. The Greek countryside, at least the part we saw, is abundantly populated with mountains separated by … Continue reading “Byzantine Travel Journal: Day 13 (Volos)”