This summer, the blog will be on hiatus for a week in June (starting now) and a week in July.

I’m grateful for the time off and for the opportunity to fulfill some long-cherished dreams of traveling. First stop: Turkey!

Here are a few photos of the places I’ll be visiting. Whether I will actually have the guts to climb in one of these hot air balloons in Cappadocia is very much a live question . . . but here’s a pretty picture anyway.

Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia

Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia (Shutterstock)

We’re also going to Ephesus to see the ruins there — apparently one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean world.  And of course to Istanbul, with its fabulous markets and the Hagia Sophia.

Traditional Turkish ceramics

Traditional Turkish ceramics (Shutterstock)

The Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya)

The Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) (Shutterstock)


See y’all at the end of June!

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Jana Riess

Jana Riess

Senior columnist Jana Riess is the author of "The Twible: All the Chapters of the Bible in 140 Characters or Less . . . Now with 68% More Humor!" and "Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor." She has a Ph.D. in American religious history from Columbia University.


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