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Day 14: Headed home
We departed the hotel for the Istanbul International Airport very early this morning.  All pilgrims are now journeying back to New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Colorado. For us, this pilgrimage was in many ways like our faith--sometimes di...

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Day 13: Our last full day in Istanbul
By today, most of us were beginning to look ahead to journeying back home but we had one more day packed with adventure.  We began the day visiting the Topkapi Palace Museum, getting to see some of the relics and jewels from that time. Next we celebrated Ma...

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Day 12: Seeing the sites of Istanbul
Today we started off celebrating Mass at the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua.  What a beautiful church and of course, what a special experience for Fr. Anthony to be able to celebrate Mass in a Basilica named for his patron saint.  Fr. Anthony shared with ...

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Day 11: Entering into Istanbul
Today our journey continued on into Istanbul.  This morning we said goodbye to our Grecian guide, Eugenia, and bus driver, Bobbis, and thanked them for taking such good care of us in Greece.  Eugenia was a wonderful guide, sharing her vast knowledge with al...

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Day 10: Journey to Philippi
Today, we continued on our journey following Paul's footsteps in the Book of Acts.  Our first stop was to see the port city of Neapolis (now Kavala)--the point where most believe that Paul first stepped into Macedonia.  At the point where the ancient port o...

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Day 10: Journey to Philippi
Today, we continued on our journey following Paul's footsteps in the Book of Acts.  Our first stop was to see the port city of Neapolis (now Kavala)--the point where most believe that Paul first stepped into Macedonia.  At the point where the ancient port o...

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Today we traveled by bus to Thessaloniki.  Along the way we stopped in Virea (we know it in the Bible as Berea) to see the spot where the Apostle Paul preached to the crowds.  At that place, we saw the three steps where Paul shared the Good News of Jesus Ch...

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Day 8: The majesty of the Kalampaka monesteries
Today we disembarked the cruise ship and headed north to the central part of Greece.  We spent almost 7 hours on our journey to Kalampaka and what a beautiful trip it was.  For many of us, it reminded us of the northern New Mexico landscape.  Much drier tha...
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