Daily Archives: May 5, 2008

Ferrell’s Travel Blog banned in Turkey

Since sometime after our Ancient Crossroads Tour of Historical and Biblical Turkey (May and June, 2007), WordPress has been banned in Turkey.

Recently I checked with some friends in Istanbul. They tell me that this is the message they get when they try to access this page:

Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C. Fatih 2. Civil Court of First Instance.

A friend in Izmir (biblical Smyrna) says he is able to access this page. Izmir is our second stop. Perhaps we will be able to post here from some Turkish locations.

I have neither time nor interest to try to explain why this has happened. (It has nothing to do with this blog.)I can say that I don’t like censorship.

Because of this, I have setup a blog on Blogger. We will be posting there regarding the Steps of Paul and John Tour, at least while we are in Turkey. Please go to this URL:


If you have not read our posts from last May and June, please check the archives for those months to do so.

On the road in the Steps of Paul and John

Tuesday afternoon, May 6, our group should land in Istanbul, Turkey, to begin a tour that I have called Steps of Paul and John. This area of travel has been one of my favorites for many years. My first visit here was in 1968. We will visit Istanbul, a city rich in church history. It has been called Constantinople and Byzantium.

From Istanbul we plan to fly to Izmir, the site of biblical Smyrna. There we begin a visit to the sites of the seven churches of the book of Revelation (chapters 2-3), and a few other sites (Hierapolis, Colossae, Miletus, and Aphrodisias). We will be discussing important themes from the book of Revelation during this portion of the tour.

Our group will then spend 3 days cruising the Aegean Sea in order to visit some of the islands associated with the travels of Paul and John. Our first stop will be at Patmos (Revelation 1:9). Then Rhodes (Acts 21:1) and Crete (Acts 27; Titus 1:5). There is also a stop at Santorini.

Upon arrival in Athens, Greece, we will visit the city of Athens (Acts 17). We have planned a visit to ancient Corinth also (Acts 18).

We hope you will join us for these visits. I will do my best to write a post each day of the tour.