My many adventures

Hi Folks, I want to dedicate this first part to all the Houston people and now the Florida folks who were and are in the path of dangerous hurricanes. I pray for you, your family and your pets to get through this terrible time in your life. Some countries all around the world are facing flooding, mud slides and war, please send help, relief and prayers their way.

I survived breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I still want to visit.

I've been to Scotland, England, Vancouver, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, Yukon, Alaska (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway), a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & Sulcuk, Ephesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...

BLOG POST OF THE MONTH: September 7, 2017

Hi Folks! My daughter and her new husband have been married one year. WOW that went fast. Was invited to Toronto in July to receive an Honorary Membership award from my union PSAC/USGE. They even brought my grandson up with me. We visited Niagara Falls, CN Tower and went to Medieval Knights dinner theatre. We had such a fabulous time!

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.
I just love summer! I hope the winter will be gentle to us.

Still trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

I have so many posts to write about so please keep patience with me. I received a great posting from which looks to be a great animal site. Hope you enjoy it.

My granddaughter Layla moved back in so now the family is together again for a while. She is a musician and is going to Community College for a Certificate in Music Finance. She also wants to cook for a living because she just loves food and boy can she cook. I wanted to help her to go to Culinary School but we will have to wait to see when she finally makes up her mind.

My little guy Rialey is now 14 and is 6'1 1/2 ". He is so thoughtful of me and helps me a lot.

I really wanted to travel this year but since retirement, the money is too tight. I'll have to save up but I have all those beautiful memories to keep me smiling for now. Thankfully I have posted most here on my blod.

Take care my blogger friends.

Thanks friends,


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ephesus, Turkey

If ever there was a historic site to see, it is this incredible one!  It was unimaginable to think a society lived in such a magnificent place only to see it reduced to ruins.  The technology imaginary should still be ours today, but sadly, it is not.  This is a MUST see in Turkey.  From Izmir, you travel to Ephesus to view an incredible site.  Cleopatra's sister Arsinoe, was murdered on the temple steps and they believe she is buried in this grave, which holds a very special woman. The ceiling of the library can still be seen. Inside the library, there was only one floor even though it looks like more.

Here's an interesting fact I recently learned:  Cleopatra was the grandmother of Mary Magdalen.  Mary's mother was also called Cleopatra.  Funny the things you learn.

I came across a fabulous site from a traveler named Dana.  Her site has so much info on Ephesus & the Christian faith and references to the Bible with the Disciples: 
"Ephesus, a city located on Turkey’s west coast in the Izmir Province, was once a Greek city and later a major Roman stronghold. The city was well known for the Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Like many other cities in Turkey, Ephesus is rich in Christian history. The Book of Ephesians in the Bible is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians to strengthen their Christian faith. Apostle Paul wrote 1 Corinthians from Ephesus, and it’s possible that the Gospel of John was written there as well. Also, Ephesus is one of the seven churches of Asia referenced in the Book of Revelation."  Thanks to Dana's site!
Enjoy please.

I got this page, thanks to Dana's site.

The Great Theatre

There are lots of cats in Ephesus.  I felt so bad for them. Rialey wanted
 to take them home.

marble roads for the regular people

Mosaic roads for the rich were beside the marble roads
Beautiful mosaic roads still can be seen clearly
Beautiful Library

Community toilets and they even had a drain system to carry the stench away.
The green building is where they are still excavating and finding new things for us to enjoy from the pages of history.
Hadrian's gate

Possible grave of Cleopatra's sister Arsinoe. They say the grave is of a young woman about Arsinoe's age &  is royalty.

The steps of the Library with little Rialey in the red.
The Selcius library is amazing!  It only had one floor inside yet it loomed so tall!
This is the way we walk to go to the Colosseum
Looking up at the ceiling of the Library
This is the inside of the Library
this is the long walk pass many columns
Did Caesar  kill Arsinoe as asked by Cleopatra.  Arsinoe's grave in Ephsus
Layla on the steps of the Library

Layla taking pictures of the Library
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This is all that is left of the great Temple of Artimis, where Arsinoe was (purportedly) killed on the steps by Caesar, ordered by her sister Cleopatra. This is all that is left of one of the ancient Wonders of the World.

"To summarize the story, vendors in Ephesus used to sell silver shrines of Artemis. At the time, Paul and Jesus’ disciples were spreading the gospel and teaching people that gods made by human hands aren’t gods at all. The vendors felt threatened by Paul and the disciples because they knew that if more people converted to Christianity, then not only would they lose business since the converts would no longer want to buy Artemis trinkets, but Artemis would lose her divine majesty. A silversmith named Demetrius gathered an assembly to discuss this matter and a mob of people seized Paul’s travel mates as they rushed into the Great Theater. Paul wanted to address the mob, but the disciples wouldn’t let him. Fortunately, a city clerk was finally able to quiet and disperse the crowd." as written by Dana Carmel on her blog:
Can you imagine what this use to look like in its day?

Roman Colosseum
Roman Colosseum
Roman Colosseum

Roman Colosseum