One thing that holds true for many of our readers is that you don't like to stay put! Read through the exciting travel stories written by Downhome's readers and perhaps you'll be inspired to take a trip of your own!
In the summer of 2013, my wife and I took my mother-in-law to St. John's, Newfoundland to visit the place where she was born back in 1942. My daughter and father-in-law came along too. We enjoyed all of the beautiful sights, especially the Town of Brigus, where we ate some Moose Stew...this photo was taken with Brigus Bay in the background.
We spent a week in Istanbul & loved the people and the city. This was our first visit to a Muslim country & found it to be somewhat exotic at times. Our second week was spent touring Ephesus, Troy, Pergamon, Pamukkale & ... click to read moreWe spent a week in Istanbul & loved the people and the city. This was our first visit to a Muslim country & found it to be somewhat exotic at times. Our second week was spent touring Ephesus, Troy, Pergamon, Pamukkale & Cappadocia; which we enjoyed very much.
We also visited the Gallipoli Peninsula & did a tour of the war memorials. Our guide mentioned that some Canadians fought there & he then said that they were from the Island of Newfoundland. I told him that we were from there & asked how far away there grave site was & that to bad we were so close & couldn't visit it (it was an Australian Memorial tour). He did surprised Paul & I by saying as we were the only people on the tour, that he would drive the 1/2 hour to the site for us to visit. So off we went in the 20 seat van with the guide & driver & he gave us time to look around & take some pics. There were eight NL soldiers buried @ this site; but we only found six. We didn't want to linger to long as we felt that he had already done so much for us. As we stood by these gravesites, I wondered if any others from our homeland had visited & if any family members knew of this site. It was an honor to visit & stand beside their resting place. I have enclosed some pics of the graves with names & a pic of Paul & our guide. I told him I would submit them & mention his name. It's Tj-Ilhami Gezici (owner & guide) of TJS Tours in Eceabat, Turkey.
Paul & Donna O'Grady
p.s. We've been receiving your magazine for years & enjoy it very much.
I've also sent of pic of me in front of the Haghia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey (June 2014) Also called Church of the Holy Wisdom, during the Byzantine Empire until 1453 when the Ottoman Empire conquered the City. ... Hide full submission
Downhome on top of King's Peak Utah's highest point at 13,528'. This is our 41st state highpoint and we finally remembered to bring Downhome and take a picture.
King's peak is only accessible by 30 mile round trip hike. We ... click to read moreDownhome on top of King's Peak Utah's highest point at 13,528'. This is our 41st state highpoint and we finally remembered to bring Downhome and take a picture.
King's peak is only accessible by 30 mile round trip hike. We took our time and and spent 3 nights and four days in the woods. We summited 06-28-14. Weather was mostly pleasant except for heavy rain changing to sleet and ice on the 26th.
My my maternal great grandparents were from Ladle Cove and my grandmother was born there before they all moved to New Jersey in 1909. Since my grandmother's death in 2007 we have visited Newfoundland yearly,connected with distant relatives,made new friends and explored. I hope you post the photo, our friends and relatives have a hoot to see our faces in Downhome.