Monthly Archives: May 2014

Keeping it Clean

Cleanliness is a core part of Islam. Each mosque has a fountain area where men sit and wash their face, hands and feet before entering to pray. Below is the fountain area at the beautiful Suleymaniye Mosque. Today, John and … Continue reading

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Aviators, Sultans and Harems

A few years ago, I went up in a glider. It was a pretty cool ride. The pilot and I were strapped into the glider which was tied behind an old crop duster and pulled  aloft. Once we reached a … Continue reading

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Satis Sanati: The Art of the Sale

We awoke to rain this morning, but did not let it deter us as we set off down the wet street in front of our apartment for a day of sightseeing. We caught the tram for tourist central — Sultanahmet … Continue reading

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Stumbling Around Istanbul

My first full day in the megalopolis that is  Istanbul and here’s what I’ve discovered. 1. You can’t walk and look up at all the awesome sites at the same time. The city is built in and among seven hills. … Continue reading

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To Ephesus and Back

John and I departed Bucharest late yesterday to make our way to Izmir, Turkey. Getting through customs at the Istanbul airport was quite the gauntlet… you can read John’s blog (D and J on the Road) for the dirty details. … Continue reading

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