Sailors’ Superstitions Couldn’t Stop Us from Visiting Ancient Ephesus


Library of Celsus. Ancient Ephesus, Turkey.

Library of Celsus. Ancient Ephesus, Turkey.

The history of our marine voyage from Rhodes to the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus waited an unusually long time—more than a year—for its turn to be written for this travel blog. Something prevented its birth, but I never thought it was connected with the topic of sailing superstitions.

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You Can Eat Perfectly in Istanbul—Even on a Student Budget


Why Istanbul?

I invite you to a unique city, the only one in the world located on two continents simultaneously: Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus Strait passes through the heart of the city, splits continents, and connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.

The former capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul has a brilliant and brutal history. It survived the rise and decline of several empires, but remained young at heart; life rages here day and night!

Istanbul at night, Turkey.

But you do not have to sell your last shirt to see this miracle. Istanbul, perhaps, is the best place for a budget trip in which you will touch Byzantine and Ottoman antiquities, and taste excellent dishes for “funny” money.

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