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July 30, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, The New Mosque


The New Mosque

Yeni Camii is an Ottoman era imperial mosque in Istanbul.  In English it is commonly known as The New Mosque.  (Yeni Camii translates from Turkish as “New Mosque.”) (more…)

July 29, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Basilica Cistern


Inside the ancient Basilica Cistern in Istanbul (HDR)

The Basilica Cistern is an ancient water reservoir beneath the city of Istanbul Turkey.  It is located not far from many of the Istanbul’s five star sites like the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.   Built in the 6th century during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor (more…)

Turkey: The Turquoise Coast


Day boats anchored at Butterfly Valley on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast

Before we arrived at Turkey’s Turquoise Coast the region was a bit of a mystery.  The pictures we had seen looked idyllic but we knew little about the places we might visit.  (more…)

Turkey: The Journey Is Not the Destination


Nightfall near Fethiye

From the outset our travel arrangements to reach Turkey’s Mediterranean coast were complex.  According to our initial itinerary, it would take four flights, a long shuttle, and (more…)

July 26, 2012

Turkey: The Blue Mosque


Inside the Blue Mosque

Amongst the grandest of Istanbul’s historic mosques, Sultanahmet Camii or Sultan Ahmed Mosque sits in the midst of Istanbul’s UNESCO-listed old city.  Sultanahmet Camii is (more…)

July 25, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Hagia Sophia


Looking up at Hagia Sophia’s ceiling

Named Hagia Sophia in Greek, Sancta Sophia in Latin, the Church of the Divine Wisdom in English, and Ayasofya in Turkish, Istanbul’s most famous monument has a long and (more…)

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