Photo galleries


(Editor’s Note: Alas, we cannot post all the submitted photos, for lack of space (we’re limited to 100 MB on the blog).  Many wonderful photos were taken, and we hope to have a Facebook or Flickr account up in the upcoming weeks, to post them all for your enjoyment.  Meanwhile, the best of the submissions can be viewed below).





Tired of the old campus styles (Ugg books?), our intrepid trendsetters (from left: Brian Joyce, Anthony Johnson, Charlie Nichols and Colin Johnson) model a new look for the Gonzaga campus Fall 2012 collection (Spike logos to be added later). Negotiations with the new Gonzaga bookstore continue.

Our fearless (and shirtless) guide Aydin, at ancient Gordion. Sometimes it is even too hot for a Turk. (His "hotness" also garnered appreciative whistles and various unprintable comments from certain trip participants).

The director in his element: ancient Gordion where he has worked for the past 20 years.

Friendship in adversity (it was hot that day, at Gordion)

Satisfaction: hiking through the Cappadocian landscape. (front to back: Colin Johnson, Duey Williams (on his shoulders), Victoria Fallgren, Geoffrey Melder, Andrew Gorini, Hanna Hanks, Anthony Johnson, and Andrew Gorini).

Morning in Cappadocia.


Intrepid hikers in Cappadocia (L to R: Rachel Palmer, Andrew Opila, and Charlie Nichols).

A group of our students hides out in the Underground City of Kaymakli. In ancient times, these cities were apparently used as refuges from invading armies. The population would head underground and wait out the invaders in the cool, carved rooms deep below the surface. I found this particular group hiding in one of the rooms -- they look rather nervous, which has ME nervous...


Balloons at dawn over Cappadocia.

The Cappadocia morning balloon fleet sets out, across stunning blue skies and the fantastic volcanic landscape of the region.

The intrepid early morning Aeronauts, having successfully completed their flight. Seems like they had a good time.


Early morning ballooning over Cappadocia is not merely driving, but riding the currents up and down through the valley, a gentle elevator ride that has you nearly skimming the surface at times (and the pilots threatening to do so!).

View from the Monastery of St. Simon, near Antakya. Now surrounded by windmills, this quiet site with its spectacular views was once the home of St. Simon the Younger, a Christian holy man who sat atop a column (known as a stylite) for most of his life.

Walking through the Titus Tunnel at Seleucia ad Piera, just south of Antakya. One of Rome's greatest engineering feats, this tunnel -- over 200 m. long -- cuts through a mountain and diverts an entire river around Antioch's port town.

Fr. Steve Kuder walking the streets of Tarsus, amid the old Turkish houses near the Well of St. Paul.

Before leaving Antalya, one more impressive sunset.

The restored -- and functioning! -- nymphaeum (fountain) at Sagalassos.

A long drive, but a lovely one along the winding roads of the Lycian shore, to the west of Antalya. The area is often called “The Turquoise Coast” — you can see why.
Chatonie Chipman discovers the ruins of a temple amid the jungle creepers at ancient Olympus in Lycia.
The flames at the Chimera (see below).

After a long day and a hot evening climb, students contemplate the flames of the Chimera, a natural phenomenon of gas jets located high on this Lycian mountainside (and associated with the legendary, flame-breathing beast -- part snake, goat and lion -- killed by the hero Bellerophon and his winged horse Pegasus).

Archaeologists at work at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, part of the international team at that site, who are removing burials from the houses (ca. 6500 BC) located in the 4040 Zone.
Colin Johnson preparing for his marble sarcophagus portrait at the Antalya Museum (he’ll need to hold that pose for a few months, as they chisel in his image, but at least he’ll have abs of steel when its done).

The beautiful theater in Termessos, the mountain city that Alexander the Great himself couldn't conquer. Actually, he didn't really try very hard, nothing up there that he needed. Or so he told people. We found it a beautiful site to walk around, as we spent several hours using our newly learned skills on ancient sites, identifying the creeper-covered buildings in what is now a national park.

Brian Foster-Dow: River God (at Perge).

The inverted siphon -- the best preserved in the world -- at ancient Aspendos. A marvel of the region, which Alanna Redine spoke about at length for her onsite talk.

Group shot in the upper cavea (seating area) of the Theater of Aspendos, the best preserved Roman theater in the world.