Don’t look her in the eye, or you’ll turn into stone! The upside down face of Medusa at the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the things to see at the popular ancient underground structure. Made more famous by Dan Brown’s novel the Inferno.
The Bosphorus Strait is a body of water that works as a natural boundary that separates Asian Turkey from European Turkey. Visitors and locals enjoy the ferry ride on the strait to various areas in Istanbul because of the scenery and the absence of road traffic which could get crazy. I have fond memories of … More Throwback: Bosphorus Strait, Turkey
Spices. Roman ruins. Cave dwellings. Ancient structures. Water views.
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne ©travelHTE, all rights reserved.
Those writings on the plaque, I’m guessing, are written in Ottoman Turkish alphabet. I don’t know what they say. It can be surmised, it has something to do with shopping. After all, it’s located at one of the gates at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey!
“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.” Chinese Proverb
Visitors in Turkey, see many of these in gift shops. They are eye-shaped glass beads thought to protect against the evil eye, a curse cast by a malicious glare. The curse is thought to cause misfortune or injury. In Turkish, it is called nazar boncugu.
Fernweh (noun): German word for a strong longing to be away, to be somewhere. I have always enjoyed traveling. Back in my younger years (in my 20’s ☺️), I had looked forward to annual trips with my friends and co-workers. Those were so much fun. Back then, I looked forward to our trips, but I … More Afflicted by Fernweh; the Places I Long To See
Minaret (of the Blue Mosque) in Istanbul, Turkey The minaret in every mosque symbolizes call to prayer. Mosques are everywhere in Turkey. It’s so easy to spot them because their minarets stand out, most of the time dominating the landscape or skyscape.
Gate of Mazeus in Ephesus, Turkey The edges of this ruin remain well defined despite the passage of time. The gate of Mazeus and Mythridates is located on the right of the Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey. It was built in 40 A.D. for emperor Augustus who gave the two slave builders their … More Photo 101, Day 18: Edge and Alignment