Where Ya Going on Vacation?

  1. Talk about being ready for summer vacation! I sure am. I will drive to New Mexico this week and take about 10 days to visit with family there.

    Okay, okay, so I am also squeezing in some shifts.. but only two a week (instead of three or four).

    I am also musing about visiting Las Vegas, NV. I found some cheep airfares and a very cheap deal via GreyHound. I have not driven a bus like that since I was a kid (which is a long time ago). The buses now have TV's, airconditioning, and comforts beyond the auto AND no driving required. Who needs their car in Vegas anyway?

    So.. what are y'all doing for summer fun and relaxation?
  2. 55 Comments

  3. by   Spaniel gal

    im kinda new to the board hello to everybody

    for my hols im off again for my 14th time (you lot are gonna think im mad)

    Turkey! its a lovley place with some many beautful, historic places, (plus i have English mates out their now free spare room)


  4. by   Angelica
    Oooh, I always wanted to go to Turkey. I'll have to defer that till next year, perhaps, because I spent too much this year. I did get to take my kids to Knott's berry farm, though.
  5. by   nightingale
    Welcome Spaniel Gal:

    Oh Turkey! That sounds so exotic on this end! Let us know what you do! Take pictures and upload them if you can.

    I had wanted to go to Ireland this year, but the financial thing is going to get in the way (I can feel it).

    Angelica: Knotts Berry Farm! I always wanted to go there. How fun for you and the kids!
  6. by   Mkue
    Welcome Ruby.

    nightengale, in August we are going to a Lake near Indiana, we go there every year with family, it's fun and relaxing. We stay in a house so plenty of room, all the comforts of home..lol.

    Sounds like you have a lot of fun planned this summer
  7. by   Spaniel gal

    Turkey is a wonderfull place, i will try to post some pictures. it is very cheap i have gone away for two weeks which has cost me 200!

    im also learning Turkish, its sooooooo hard! but im giving it ago!

    also been to North Carolina and Florida on stand by tickets
    best way to fly! i liked NC very much


    i coped this for anybody that is interested

    Did you know that Turkey has more Greek ruins than Greece and more Roman ruins than Italy?

    Aspendos and Perge - Set in the Pamphylia plain, with the lush Taurus Mountains rising behind, Aspendos is home to one of the most beautiful Roman amphitheatres in the country. The area was settled as early as 800BC but the ruins seen today date from Roman times.

    Bergama (Pergamum) - Inhabited since Trojan times, the city of Bergama was most powerful after Alexander the Great's death under Eumenes II in the third century BC.
    The impressive remains of the acropolis include the Library of Celsus - said to have rivalled that of Alexandria in Egypt - and the Temple of Trajan. There's also a Hellenistic theatre carved into the hillside. The ruins of the Asclepion, the famous medical centre decorated with images of the snake representing the god of medicine, lie nearby.

    Cappadocia - Famous for its lunar landscape of valleys, caves and chimneys, the region of Cappadocia was the centre of the Hittite Empire and an important Roman province.
    Early inhabitants discovered they could carve the soft volcanic rock into homes and early Christians hollowed it out for churches. Sprawling underground cities dating back thousands of years can be visited at Derinkuyu and Kaymakli.
    Large Christian communities retreated underground when Arab armies swept through the area in the 7th century and could stay hidden for months at a time.

    Gallipoli - The Gallipoli Peninsula guards the western entrance to the Sea of Marmara and the city of Istanbul. Today a peaceful stretch of forested scrub land and fields, this strategic area was the site of many momentous battles, including the nine-month WWI encounter between Atatrk and the Allies.
    Thousands of lives were lost before Churchill's troops were forced to withdraw and 31 war cemeteries bear witness to the peninsula's bloody past. Canakkale on the eastern shore and Gelibolu on the western side make the best bases for a visit.

    Nemrut Dagi - At the top of a mountain, near Malatya in the east of the country, stand an unusual collection of giant statues. Antiochus I, an egotistical pre-Roman king, had colossal sculptures of himself and the gods placed on ledges cut into the mountainside. Only rediscovered in 1881 by a geologist, most of the statues are now headless following subsequent earthquakes, but the two-metre-high heads lie at their feet. Climb the mountain before dawn and watch the sun rise.

    Side - Lying on the coast to the east of Antalya, Side boasts impressive ruins dating from the Hellenistic era. The two 2nd-century temples of Athena and Apollo, situated on a tip of land jutting out into the Mediterranean, make romantic viewing at sunset. This is the spot where, several centuries before, Cleopatra and Mark Antony enjoyed a romantic tryst. A 15,000-seat theatre and Byzantine basilica are among other remains to be seen.

    Troy - Although not much remains of the ancient city of Troy, its claim to fame as the site of one of the world's greatest tales makes a visit worthwhile. Several successive ancient cities dating back to 3,000BC stood here, but most people would be familiar with the city through Homer's poem, the Iliad, which describes the epic 13th-century battle between the Greeks and the Trojans over Helen, wife of the king of Sparta. In Homer's poem, a wooden horse filled with soldiers entered the city and the ensuing battle ended the decade-long Trojan War. A huge replica of the Trojan horse stands at the entrance to the ruins.
  8. by   Spaniel gal
    Translated as the Cotton Castle, Pamukkale appears in the distance as a fairy tale mirage. Created by hot mineral waterfalls transforming over thousands of years into a landscape of layered rock pools, the calcium-rich waters are said to have special 'healing' powers. The extensive ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, a cure centre established by Eumenes II in around 190BC,
    Last edit by Spaniel gal on Jun 9, '03
  9. by   Spaniel gal
    hopefully a picture thats not pea sized!
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  10. by   Mkue
    Beautiful picture Ruby

  11. by   Spaniel gal
    hope u dont mind lots of pictures

    im a free promoter for turkey!! :roll :chuckle
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  12. by   Spaniel gal
    The name "Ephesos" was probably derived from the word "Apasas", the name for the site in the late Bronze Age. A pre Greek name, most likely meaning bee, it is strongly supported by the popular symbolism of that most famous of goddesses, the Ephesian Artemis. The ancient author Strabo refers to the early populations as "Karians and Lelegians, whilst Pausanias relates the tradition of the Amazons of Thermodon founding the city, and raising a shrine to the goddess, whose protection they sought on several occasions
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  13. by   Tookie
    Spanish Girl
    you just bought back some beautiful memories back to me - we loved Turkey too - Been to all of the places you mentioned for Aussies and NZ's Gallipole has great significance- and l also loved ephases and the ruins there - We were really lucky when we were in Pamakale - we were able to swim around the sunken roman ruins at the spring - l gather they have now stopped the tourists doing that - may be wrong though - l enjoyed most of our time there - had one or 2 experiences l wouldnt recommned - but this was over 25 years ago - we went from Turkey into Syria and Jordan then Isreal and on the othere trip did this again then went through Turkey up to Goreme and then on through to Iran (in 1978) as the shah was being Kicked out - interesting time

    I agree l would alsway recommend people visiting Turkey it is quite beautiful

    Thank you fo r the memoreis

    No holidays for me for a while sides which its getting cold over here and its snowing on the moountains about an hours drive from here - I love winter

  14. by   nursechris1
    I am taking my vacation at home, when my kids go to mission camp. I will have the house all to myself (except when my husband gets home from work) . I will sleep in, watch my soaps, read a book. It will be grand!