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Where We’ve Been: January 2015

Travel directors relate where they’ve been traveling recently in our Where We’ve Been article.


Shawnee Chamber of Commerce

Shawnee, Kansas

Trip: Ireland

Tour Operator: Collette

Date: March 2014

Shawnee Chamber of Commerce members and guests spent eight days touring Ireland last spring. The tour began and ended in Dublin and included a visit to Killarney, kissing the Blarney Stone, touring the Dingle Peninsula and traveling across county Kerry.

“Our people couldn’t stop talking about Ashford Castle. Staying in a castle was something they never thought they would have the opportunity to do, and it was an amazing experience.”

— Marlene Shirley, executive assistant


University of Pennsylvania


Trip: Turkey

Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited

Date: October 2014

A group of the University of Pennsylvania alumni and friends traveled throughout Turkey for 15 days last fall, visiting destinations including Istanbul, Troy, Ephesus and Antalya, and exploring the Turquoise Coast by gullet ship. The group was accompanied by C. Brian Rose, a University of Pennsylvania professor who spent 25 years overseeing archaeological digs at Troy.

“Highlights for our group included a lecture from Professor Rose in Istanbul, followed by a reception with local alumni, a special visit to Yom Kippur services in Istanbul and an exclusive tour of the digs at Troy with Professor Rose.”

— Emilie LaRosa, assistant director