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A Slice of Roman City Life - Terrace House 2 at Ephesus

A Slice of Roman City Life – Terrace House 2 at Ephesus

Ephesus – one of the most famous and most visited archaeological sites in the world. The stupendous remains of what was Ephesus (that’s it’s Roman name; the original Greek version was Ephesos, in modern Turkish it is called Efes) most certainly are a key site on our itineraries in Turkey. We admire the place greatly:...
Another thing: Mad About the Boy - a Grave Relief in Lycia

Another thing: Mad About the Boy – a Grave Relief in Lycia

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. If you have any knowledge or experience of ancient art, the word that comes to your mind on looking at our image is probably “typical”. That...
Travel Brochure 2015

Travel Brochure 2015

It’s that time of year yet again. At Peter Sommer Travels, we are looking back on the 2014 travel season, which ended just a few weeks ago, taking stock of another successful year. But not for long: in the same breath, we are looking ahead to the next one, getting ready for the various bits...
Off the beaten track: Loryma

Off the beaten track: Loryma

Have you ever heard of Loryma? Chances are you have not, unless you  are a specialist in ancient military architecture, or an avid traveller along the southwestern shores of Turkey. Loryma is one of those off-the-beaten-track archaeological sites that we are so eager to include in our itineraries, to complement the famous “must-see” highlights and...
Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church) in Göreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia

Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church) in Göreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia

This is the 100th post on the Peter Sommer Travels Blog. At this stage, a little over three years after launching the project, we feel that we have found a way to use the blog as a regular forum for information, insights, thoughts and images(!) relevant to the fascinating history and culture of the areas...
Another Bite: Aegean oven-roasted aubergines with tomato and halloumi

Another Bite: Aegean oven-roasted aubergines with tomato and halloumi

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. Aubergine, or eggplant in American and Australian English, but also Melanzane (Italian), Melitzana (Greek) or Patlıcan (Turkish), is one of the most widely used and tasty ingredients...
Sailing to Byzantium - Patronage and the Chora Monastery in Constantinople

Sailing to Byzantium – Patronage and the Chora Monastery in Constantinople

Sailing to Byzantium is a celebrated poem by William Butler Yeats, describing the spiritual, mystical and inner world and thoughts of the famous Irish poet in regard to the apocalyptic end of life and eternity. Written in 1926, it was published in 1928, late in his life. Here, I would like to especially thank Paul...
Seven Reasons to Visit Ancient Kaunos in Turkey

Seven Reasons to Visit Ancient Kaunos in Turkey

The impressive ruins of ancient Kaunos are a major highlight on our cruises in Caria, as well as on many of our private gulet charters in Turkey. Guests booked on our Lycian cruises also often visit the site as an add-on before or after they travel with us. Turkey is, of course, very rich in...
Long before the World Cup - an ancient passion for sports

Long before the World Cup – an ancient passion for sports

Tonight, millions of people all over the world will be watching the final match of the 2014 Football (or Soccer) World Cup. Whatever one might think about the nature of such mega-events, including their commercial and media-driven aspects, it appears to be the case that the spectacle of two teams of (relatively) young men pitching...
The Perils of Online Site Reviews

The Perils of Online Site Reviews

What should you go to see on your Mediterranean holiday? It depends on whom you ask! This blog, for example, serves a company specialised in cultural, especially archaeological, tours. Thus, it offers impressions of the sites, museums, landscapes, etc. we visit on our voyages, and which we know our guests to be interested in. And...
Another thing: Enigma - An Archaic smile from Miletus

Another thing: Enigma – An Archaic smile from Miletus

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. She’s definitely smiling. There may not be all that much we can say about her, but that she’s smiling is certain. And although we will never...
A Model City: Priene

A Model City: Priene

Last week, I wrote about the ancient city of Lato on Crete, and how its evocative remains reveal the key features and characteristics of the Cretan city state. Continuing on that idea, let’s have a look at Priene in Ionia (Western Turkey). Priene is probably the clearest, best-preserved and most accessible example of a planned...