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A Hotel with its Own Archaeological Ruins

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Terrific view of old city from the roof deck of the Akko Knights Youth Hostel (Photo from hostel)

I wrote recently about the old historic core of Acre (or Akko), Israel which is packed with Crusader era ruins.  Since Acre is mostly a day-tripper’s destination, we stayed a night in the only accommodations in the old city – a youth hostel.  Apparently you can’t dig anywhere in the Acre without discovering an archaeological site!  I was surprised to find that our youth hostel had its own set of ruins on site and did an excellent job exhibiting them as natural elements of the hostel premise.

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Back from Israel

Jerusalem view

Southern view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

I’m back from two weeks in Israel!

It was an incredible trip filled with history, archaeology, art, religion and cultural experiences.  I visited Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Acre, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, some of the Southern desert, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem and of course Jerusalem!  What a trip!

The jet lag is wearing off and I’m starting to go through my pictures now, so I’ll be bring you more stories shortly.  But for now, here’s a classic view of Jerusalem – one of the best “old cities” I have ever explored.

Flowers and Old Stones

The East Coast of the US has been blasted with some terribly cold weather the last two weeks.  To warm up, I’ve been digging through my summer photos!  I’ve noticed a nice handful of  picture in the genre of “Flowers & Old Stones.”  There is something really beautiful about juxtaposing the rich texture of archaeological remains and colorful flowers.

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Ephesus, Turkey

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A Slow Travel Guide to Ancient Ephesus

Everyone knows the beautiful Library of Celsus, part of the the ancient ruins of Ephesus in Turkey.  Frequently on the cover of travel guides or prominently displayed in collections of evocative travel photos, everyone dreams of seeing this place someday.  Well, at least it seems that way once you get to Ephesus…  As I watched crowds hustled through the ruins, it only re-affirmed my love of slow travel.  I had an amazing visit to the archaeological site and am really happy that I spent the entire day there.

Library of Celsus

Me, some dedicated travelers, and the Library of Celsus in Ephesus.

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The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme.  This month we are discussing great architecture!  You can find links below for the rest of the group’s posts this month.  Today I’m bringing you one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World and the greatest Greek temple ever built: The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus!

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Concept drawing of the Temple of Artemis (Photo: dkiel)

Oh wait – that doesn’t look very impressive….

Temple of Artemis of Ephesus today in modern Selcuk

Temple of Artemis today in modern Selcuk, Turkey.

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