Author Archives: Bill Barber

Footsteps of Paul Part Eight

Our next stop on the Footsteps of Paul Tour was a place Paul probably did not visit. We enjoyed it anyway! Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century B.C.E., forever shaping its rugged landscape and villages. The whitewashed, cubist houses of its […]

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Footsteps of Paul Part Seven

This afternoon, on our Footsteps of Paul tour, we continued your cruise to Patmos, one of the Sporades. A small rugged island of the Icarian Sea, part of the Aegean. The scene of John’s banishment (by Domitian), where he “was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” The rocky solitude suited the sublime nature of […]

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Footsteps of Paul Part Six

Today we docked in the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Once the ship was cleared by customs, we boarded a tour bus with a wonderful tour guide who called himself “Oz”. He had been born and raised in Kusadasi and was knowledgable and proud of his heritage. This western quarter of Turkey was called Asia Minor […]

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Footsteps of Paul Part Five

I hope you have enjoyed following the adventures of our intrepid band of 23 on our Footsteps of Paul trip. We certainly had a wonderful time. Today we left Athens early in the morning for Piraeus and set sail into the Aegean Sea. In the afternoon we arrived at our first island: Mykonos (also spelled […]

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Footsteps of Paul Part Four

We stayed overnight at the Hotel Meteoritis which is within view of the Meteora Monasteries. Serene, spiritual, magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, inspiring, impressive. These are only some of the words people very often use in an effort to describe the Meteora phenomenon. A trip to Meteora offers the unique experience of nature’s grandeur in […]

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Footsteps of Paul Part Three

Our next stop was the site of the ancient city of Philippi, which caught me by surprise.  The site is not nearly as developed as some of the other sites we visited.  With the exception of a few places cordoned off for active excavation, we were allowed to roam freely across the site.  What is […]

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Footsteps of Paul Part Two

We began the morning in Thessaloniki.  Thessaloniki is a massive Greek port city on the site of the ancient city of Thessalonica.  It has been constantly inhabited since ancient times passing through the hands of the Byazantine and Ottoman empires.  Today it is the second largest city in Greece and the largest university town in […]

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Footsteps of Paul Part One

Liz and I recently joined a group of folks (mostly from our church) going to Greece & Turkey on a “Footsteps of Paul” tour. The trip was led by our pastor and friend Mike Alexander. This is the first of several posts describing our wonderful trip. We began our trip at the airport in Myrtle […]

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Featured Photographer – Connie Mitchell

One fall day in 2009, I was reading through some of the forums at www.photoshopelementsuser.com when I came across some information posted by a lady from the UK named Wendy Williams. Wendy was telling forum members how she had taken photographs and created some “orbs”. These “orbs” were supposed to look like what you would […]

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Japanese Honeysuckle

Japanese Honeysuckle is a plant almost everyone knows. Children love it, because they can suck the sweet nectar from its flowers. Many adults hate it, since it grows quickly and can strangle other plants. Japanese Honeysuckle can be a shrub or a vine. Usually it’s seen as a vine, growing up tree trunks or covering […]

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