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Turkey – Cappadocia Timelapse

Last year, we spent three months in Turkey (click here to see the blog posts from that trip).  We traveled to Cappadocia as part of those travels (blog here and here). I rarely show photo or video work from others in my blog, but am making an exception today.  I came across this fascinating 3 ... Read more


Turkey in Spanish

Today was the final class of the year for the Coffee Club Spanish class that I attend.  Our homework for the final class was to write a short story about some trip that we have taken in the past.  The instructor suggested I write about Turkey. Some other students suggested I do a photo presentation ... Read more


Turkey 24 – Life in Istanbul

Now that our latest vacation is complete, this is a summary of what it feels like to live in Istanbul, even if only for a couple of months.  First, mosques are everywhere and a part of daily life, even for those who are not practicing Muslims.  There are 2,995 active mosques here, and every one ... Read more


Turkey 23 – Safety and Security

[NOTE: This post was written before the bombing at the Istanbul airport.  The contents here still applies though. Such mass attacks have occurred in Belgium, Paris, London, and… Orlando.  The world seems to be rapidly going crazy.  Anytime you choose to leave your home, you at risk of an attack… or simply being hit by ... Read more


Turkey 21 – Ortaköy

The “Blue Hour” at Ortaköy Camii We traveled by ferry to Beşiktas, today,  then took a long walk to Ortaköy Mosque, which is located right at the foot of the Bosphorous Bridge, specifically to photograph the “camii” (in Turkish) as the sun set. When we arrived at Beşiktaş, we tried to find the bus to take ... Read more


Turkey 18 – Bosphorus Cruise

Today, we cruised along the Bosphorus Strait, a body of water that connects the Sea of Marmara (where we start) to the Black Sea (where we turn around), as well as separating the continents of Asia and Europe. The cruise takes about 90 minutes, plus a 3 hour break at Anadolu Kavagi, then 90 minutes ... Read more


Turkey 17 – Historic Churches

We also visited three other famous landmarks in Istanbul.  They had been built more than 1500 years ago, converted to mosques 600 years ago, then two were converted into museums, while the third remains as an active mosque.  The image above is the central dome from the church of St. Saviour in Chora. Chora is ... Read more


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