• Jerusalem

    Impressions of Jerusalem

    I began my first visit to Israel and Jerusalem with some apprehension not knowing what the political climate in the country might yield. While there was a single event that occurred while I was there it had nothing to do with me. The country itself is a confusion of many worlds, policies, and people...

  • Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Turkey

    Days in Istanbul

    Days in Istanbul are nearing an end and we have done most of what we came here to do. We have tried to get in touch with the pulse and people of a city of over 23 million, no small task. We have met many very nice and helpful people here including our hosts Eren...

  • Turkish Slippers

    Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, WOW!

    I got up yesterday morning, very much excited because we were going to the Spice Bazaar. SIDE NOTE: When we go to a new country, we like to stay a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks up to 3 months. This is so we can leisurely visit all parts of the cities, landmarks or side...

  • The Aya Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey

    Karakoy and The Galata Tower

    Istanbul is a town of hills and more hills. (the old joke about walking to and from school uphill both ways … must have started in Istanbul, Turkey) The apartment we stay in is two blocks downhill from the main street that takes us to Taksim Square which is the meeting point for all of...

  • Bosphorous Hillsides - Istanbul, Turkey

    Getting Adjusted to Istanbul

    As is always true with us, the first 10 days we have been in Istanbul has been spent acclimating ourselves to our new neighborhood, finding markets for food, and learning the travel systems in our new city. Thankfully the travel system here is very good and very easy, not to mention very cheap. The ...

  • Romanian Spas

    Excited about Istanbul and Taksim Next Week

    We will be leaving our Bucharest hideaway next week to travel down the road to Istanbul. We have a small apartment setup and will be there until July 29th. Hope to meet some more flashpacker types while we are there. There seems to be so much to see and to do while visiting Istanbul. From...

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