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.
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!
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.
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
“My treasure is the cloud on the peak/the moon over the valley/Traveling east or west/Light and free/on the one road.” ~ Poet Muso Soseki West: In London’s Saint Paul Cathedral Tower peering at The Shard. East: The Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey The cloud over the peak The moon over the … More Photo 101, Day 16: Treasure
It was very fascinating to watch this belly dancer gyrate for an audience on a Turkish Night Dinner. She seemed boneless. Her performance was very impressive. I think I have a better photo showing motion, but I like how the dancer’s cape whirl in this picture and I like the shades of yellow and … More Photo 101, Day 13: Moment and Motion
Charisma Deluxe Hotel in Kusadasi, Turkey Because a palm tree should always look green. Specially at night. 😊