Istanbul

Istanbul – The City Where East Meets West

Istanbul – The City Where East Meets West

Did you know that Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two separate continents, Europe and Asia? Who knew? Not me until I began researching for my trip last November and was thrilled to discover this fact and know that my feet would soon be standing once again on Asian soil …

The Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul ~ What Makes Them Whirl?

The Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul ~ What Makes Them Whirl?

I remember when I was a very little girl seeing the Whirling Dervishes on television and being completely mesmerized. For days on end I asked my mother questions about them ad nauseam but as I recall, she had very few answers for me. It wasn’t until many years later that I would learn in a class on World Religions that the whirling men in white robes that had fascinated me so when I was young, were actually Sufi’s performing an ancient meditative ritual known as the Sema ...

A Call to Prayer – The Magnificent Mosques of Istanbul

A Call to Prayer – The Magnificent Mosques of Istanbul

Istanbul’s Mosques are truly magnificent, each one stunningly beautiful in its own way and almost beyond description. I can’t imagine any comprehensive list of amazing places in the world to visit being complete without mentioning at least one of them. Below is one of my favorite photos captured at sunset, looking out of a window from within the Hagia Sophia towards the Blue Mosque...

Surviving the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market of Istanbul

Surviving the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market of Istanbul

The local marketplace is always high on my list of things to do in any city I am visiting as this is often where I find that I have a deeper experience of the people and their culture. The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market were of course high on my list of things to do in Istanbul but were to coin my husband’s phrase, a mixed thing for me ...

5 Reason Istanbul is My New Favorite City

5 Reason Istanbul is My New Favorite City

I realized recently that whatever city I am currently in is my favorite city and Istanbul was no exception. During my time there and for a while thereafter it is my favorite and I find that I carry a piece of it with me for ever after, tucked away in a special place in my heart that I have created just for it. A familiar smell, an image or perhaps even a particular sound and I am immediately transported back and I fall in love with it all over again...

 

20 Unique Photos of People from 2014

20 Unique Photos of People from 2014

2014 was without a doubt one of the most amazing years of my life. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to live in 2 beautiful European cities and traveled in 9 countries all total. For a photographer this has been a dream come true and at times I have found it hard to believe that it all really happened. But it did happen and my heart is full knowing how richly blessed I truly am. As I look back at my travels this year I’ve realized that it isn’t just the beauty of the city itself that I carry with me, it is its people...