Turkey: April Armchair Traveler Program
Jean Kinsey and Frank Busta spent 3 weeks in Turkey in 2013. They share their incredible experience through pictures and wonderful descriptions that include archaeological, historical, religious, political, culinary, and geological perspectives.
Turkey east of Istanbul
Wed, Apr 27 2022, 10am
Please join Armchair Traveler on Wednesday, April 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., via Zoom to journey across Turkey with UMRA members Frank Busta and Jean Kinsey. Here’s how they describe the experience they will be sharing:
“Istanbul was the launchpad for our 2013 journey through Turkey’s eastern sacred lands and ancient civilizations. Istanbul bridges the east and west sides of the Bosphorus waterway and provides a lens through which to view the ancient empires that once ruled this world. Flying from Istanbul directly to the city of Van in the Kurdish region of eastern Turkey, we visited its famous Van Kedisi cat house. Mount Ararat and the Iranian border were close by as we traveled to the ancient Armenian capital of Ani.
“Our journey followed or crossed the Silk Road, explored the history of the Hittites and Urartians, and experienced the culture of the whirling dervishes and the thrill of flying over homes carved into the mountains in Cappadocia. We went from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, from Mount Nemrut to Adana and to Tarsus, the home of Mark Antony and Cleopatra and the birthplace of Saint Paul. Shortly after our journey, increased conflict on the Syrian border made this trip way too dangerous, and since then, Turkey has changed dramatically.”
Frank Busta retired as professor of food microbiology and director of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense. Jean Kinsey retired as professor of applied economics and director of The Food Industry Center.
I will email the link to join the Zoom meeting to all UMRA members about a week before their presentation. We hope you will join us!
—Lynn C. Anderson, Armchair Traveler chair
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