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  • Beautiful light at Aya Sofya | Istanbul, Turkey
    Turkey

    My Favorite Places in Istanbul

    Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world. Its unique east-meets-west culture is fascinating and its food is hauntingly delicious. But beyond the things that make Istanbul stand out are…

  • Rugs for sale outside the Grand Bazaar | Istanbul, Turkey
    Markets, Turkey

    Carpet Shopping in Istanbul

    Carpet shopping in Istanbul is an intense experience. With an endless amount of styles, sizes, and colors to choose from, picking the right one from the right shop can stress out even…

  • Taking a rest with a view | Buyukada, Turkey
    Turkey

    Biking Around Buyukada Island

    After spending several days visiting the important historical sites in Istanbul like Aya Sofya and the Grand Bazaar, and after a few days in Cappadocia wandering around the fairy chimneys and road…

  • Streets in Gulhane, Istanbul
    Turkey

    Scenes from Istanbul

    Our days in Istanbul were few, but full of movement. Though my highlights from Istanbul were big things like our cruise on the Bosphorous and a visit inside the Blue Mosque, some…

  • View over the Bosphorous, Istanbul
    Turkey

    Cruising the Bosphorous

    So, Istanbul is on two continents. Wait, what? Yes, two continents. Europe had to end somewhere and it seems Asia had to start somewhere as well. But why split a country over…

  • Blue Mosque chandelier, Istanbul
    Turkey

    Notable Photos: The Blue Mosque

    The Blue Mosque, or locally known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, is hands down one of the most iconic buildings in all of Turkey. Not only has it been featured in many American…

  • Grand Bazaar lanterns, Istanbul
    Markets, Turkey

    Navigating the Bazaar

    I love markets. Markets are generally one of my favorite parts of travel. Farmer’s markets never disappoint me with their bright colors, tempting smells, and fascinating people watching. But other markets selling…

  • Aya Sofya chandeliers, Istanbul
    Turkey

    Beautiful Aya Sofya

    It’s one of the first things you notice when arriving in Sultanahmet, Istanbul – enormous minarets piercing up through the maze of buildings and trees. Though there are a scattering of minarets…

  • Turkish pride, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
    Turkey

    First Impressions of Turkey

    After all these years of traveling, there is still nothing that can compare with the feeling of experiencing a country for the first time. The initial footsteps outside the doors of the…