My Photo
Blog powered by Typepad
Member since 02/2006

« The end for Rabaul? | Main | WHERE DOLPHINS SPIN »

28 October 2006


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

GREAT to see you and Ingrid passed the bucking Zodiac test with flying colours Keith.
Like Colin, I have fond memories of Madang -- perhaps the 2nd most picturesque PNG town in my memory after Rabaul.
Judyth and I are presently in Cappadocia, amid the fairy chimneys and associated "moonscape" features of this part of Turkey's Anatolia.
The 4th century A.D. Coptic Christians carved dwellings and chapels into the soft rock of the chimneys and other associated pinnacles --- it is staggering to see these at first hand and to clamber around inside.
Last Saturday while you 2 were in coastal PNG, we were 7 levels down in an "underground city" -- again with chapels carved in the form of a cross. The largest on the 4th level could possibly cater for 40 worshippers. The early Christians used these underground assets to escape persecution first from the Romans and later the Seljuk Muslims.
The tunnel system had to be seen to be believed. At one stage the power cut out just as it had in the Citadel area of Ankara a few days earlier. Fortunately the Cappadocian power system came back on relatively promptly. It would have been extremely scary scrambling about in the darkness in tiny tunnels a number of levels underground for any length of time!
Today we're off to Konya, the whirling dervish centre. Compared with Istanbul and Ankara's millions, Konya is a relatively tiny city of just 750,000 souls.
Before the trek ends on Nov. 20 we will also visit Ephesus, Troy and Gallipoli.
It was in Ephesus a few weeks back that Elissa Kesby tumbled off a rock into the Temple of Artemis, no less, while posing for a pic for hubby Dubbo Dave. She recovered quickly it's good to say and was full of praise for not only the travel insurance cover, but also the Turkish medical system at Kusadasi.
A more fulsome report of a month in Turkey will follow for perhaps the Xmas edition of The Mail.
Incidentally while in London in mid-October we embarked on a Jack The Ripper walking tour around Whitechapel with daughter Daria and partner David. Our 27-year old guide Lindsay told us she's onto her 2nd Ripper book (the research is almost complete) and to say her knowledge of the Ripper tale is encyclopaedic wouldn't be fair to her.

Great stuff, Keith. I was in Goroka in 1970 and my second posting to Madang occurred in 1971. It was a brand new station and I was the first manager. We loved the place - a real tropical paradise.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)