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Roman Aqueducts at Pont du Gard

Posted by jeff smith on June 30, 2012

We took a quick detour to visit the aqueducts at Pont du Gard (Alice remembered from her civil engineering days).  Randy and I are sitting at the outdoor cafe enjoying a beer while Alice, Kristi, Stephanie, and Mike go inspect the aqueduct.

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Interestingly, we got stuck in the parking lot on the way out of the park.  Apparently, the credit card reader only accepted credit cards with the electronic chip embedded (none of us had one).  Anyway, after about 10 minutes, someone finally walked up and took our money and used his credit card (we couldn’t back up because there was a long line of cars waiting for us).

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Dinner at Cassis

Posted by jeff smith on June 30, 2012

You can see the village of Cassis from atop the overlooking cliffs.  The cliffs are high.  By the way, just out of view of this picture (closer to the cliffs) was a huge private yacht — complete with jet skis and a smaller “going to shore”-type boat.  You had to get closer to the cliff edge to see it and there was no way I was going to try to take a picture — I wanted my full attention on balancing :-).

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The is a view of our group at the cliff edge (well, it’s the edge as far as I’m concerned)

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Finally, the view below is from our restaurant — back up to the cliffs where the previous pictures were taken.  This picture doesn’t do justice to the sheerness of the cliffs.  You can sort of see it in the picture above, but you have to see it in person to get the full effect.

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Last Night in Istanbul – Dinner

Posted by jeff smith on June 11, 2012

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Dinner with Mom, Kristi (both shown), LuAnn, Alice, and Randy. Celebrating our last night in Istanbul and Randy and Alice’s anniversary.  This picture is from Mom’s facebook page.

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Last Efes in Istanbul

Posted by jeff smith on June 4, 2012

Luckily we had some time in the lounge before boarding for home.  They only had Efes Light, but it was 10:00 in the morning, so a Light was reasonable.

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Last night in Istanbul

Posted by jeff smith on June 3, 2012

Looks great.

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Celebrating the start of the dinner cruise …

Posted by jeff smith on June 3, 2012

Or having an ice-cold Efes — you decide :-).  Thanks to Jane Ammons who took this picture with her trusty iPad.

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Dome at Beyti

Posted by jeff smith on June 3, 2012

Dome in the main dining room of Beyti Restaurant in Istanbul.  We had the main conference dinner at this restaurant — Alice’s favorite in Istanbul.

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Watching a wedding at our hotel

Posted by jeff smith on June 2, 2012

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A very nice locale for a wedding.

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One of the many nice estates along the Bosphorus …

Posted by jeff smith on June 2, 2012

Just a small little place along the river side.

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Day Trip to the Princess Islands

Posted by jeff smith on June 2, 2012

The pictures don’t do the trip justice.  The views of Istanbul from the ferry and from the island were amazing.  The ferry ride home was over an hour and it was “city” as far as the eye could see all the way.  Big.  Very big.

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