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13UploadedFile0.jpg 7UploadedFile1.jpg 1UploadedFile3.jpg After a 6:30 AM Sunday Eucharist, breakfast and a lecture, we took off for more of the beautiful countryside of Turkey. This afternon we were at Heiropolis and saw the theater (photo) and temple of Apollo. It was also interesting to see the large area of calcium deposits (photo) resulting from thermal springs in the area - Jeanette got her feet in the warm water. We also saw a very large cemetery (photo) - the body would be put into the grave at the top and the person's possessions would be stored below. Tonight we're staying at a beautiful resort, with huge indoor and outdoor pools and thermal pools in a most beautiful setting. Paul must have had it pretty good <grin>.

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Paul's challenging travels

Riding in our comfortable bus across the beautiful country of Turkey, we can't help but be amazed at the huge challenge of Paul's travels in this part of his world, especially on his "First Missionary Journey." While the land is beautiful and majestic, one can hardly imagine traveling from city to city in Paul's day - more challenging in many ways than our own Rocky Mountains. We spent much of the day today (Saturday) traveling and marveling at the changes in the terrain - especially the rugged mountains and beautiful mountain lakes we saw today. This afternoon we saw the awesome excavations of Perga (Acts 13:13) - unfortunately, the wifi here isn't good enough to upload any pictures. While not as extensive as what awaits us next week in Ephesus, it is still very impressive. Our hotel tonight is in Antala, a very large and mostly modern city.

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Pisidian Antioch

12UploadedFile0.jpg 6UploadedFile1.jpg On Friday morning we drove to an ancient mosque and then got to see the inside of a traditional Turkish bath. Then we drove to an ancient Hittite Monument which is being restored (photo). After lunch we drove to the site of Pisidian Antioch, where we walked among ruins of that city which Paul visited and saw remains of the theater and Temple of Augustus, as well as some remains of a fourth-century church which was named "The Church of St. Paul" because it had been contructed on top of the ancient synagog from which Paul had preached in Antioch (photo). Before going to our hotel in Yalvac, we stoped at the interesting museum in that town. It is amazing to see artifacts and statues from such ancient times. The last few days we have had some wonderful lunches - each traditional dishes of Turkey from the areas we were visiting. We've had a lot of vegetables, lentil soups, and "kebobs", which in Turkey refers to meat, not necessarily done on a skewer.

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Refuge for travelers

11UploadedFile0.jpg 5UploadedFile1.jpg 1UploadedFile2.jpg Thursday was another interesting day. On our drive, we visited two ancient "Stuckeys" - roadside places for travelers, usually placed about every 25 miles along the old roadways. They usually consisted of a large summer room, a smaller enclosed winter room, with kitchen rooms for sleeping, and public baths. The one in the photo was one of the largest - fit for a sultan! On our way to Konya (ancient Iconium), we saw a school near our rest stop, so we walked over and talked to this little boy sitting on the wall. He knew a little English and was delightful. We also thought you'd like to see how we have to "rough it" on the bus.

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Refuge for early Christians

10UploadedFile0.jpg Wednesday was a fascinating day of driving around the Cappadocia area to investigate ancient underground dwellings and cave dwellings and churches. Ancient Hittites through early Christians used underground villages and complex cave dwellings for protection and hiding. Our visit to the Goreme Valley and the Goreme Open Air Museum allowed us the opportunity to go into many of these dwellings and cave churches. Of particular interest was an area that had been used by early Christians as hiding places and then, when danger was over (after the fourth century AD) they began to be used to house monastic communities. The cave churches had many well-preserved original frescoes dating to at least 1100 AD. In addition to seeing some amazing things, our daily lectures and field discussions are brief but very helpful and easy to follow. Our first two days of the course have exceeded our expectations.

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