Yesterday Bill and I put down deposits on a trip to Turkey next February.
This tour is 3 nights Istanbul, one in Canakkale, two in Kusadasi, one in Pamukkale, one in Konya, and two in Cappadocia. We are talking two more nights in Istanbul at the end.
To stand in the Great Church of Constantinople - if you know me at all....
To be in the land of the Cappadocian Fathers and Mothers (ain't gonna forget Macrina!)....
To go to Troy....
Arma virumque cano Troiae qui primus ab oris[That is from memory, learned in 1962; I know more lines but just needed a touch.]
Italiam, fato profugus, Laviniaque venit
litora multum ille et terris iactatus et alto
vi superum saevae memorem Iunonis ob iram
I dropped out of a doctoral program in early and mediaeval Church history; Bill's undergraduate major was Byzantine history. You can imagine. I wouldn't want to take this trip with anyone else. He has been once but it will be different when we do it together.
OK, I will try to settle down now.