“What would life be like if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent Van Gogh I don’t like … Continue reading Fear and Floating In Göreme
“Do you like Istanbul,” the young man asks. There is hopeful expectation in his eyes as he awaits my reply. … Continue reading Dear Istanbul – I love you, but . . .
To say Istanbul is a busy city would be an understatement. With a population of more than 14 million, Istanbul … Continue reading Gülhane – Calm amid the Chaos
I left dehydrated, raw and with my right shoulder, already bad from a chronic injury, near immobile and needing the … Continue reading The Hammam Experience
“I only do carry-on,” I told my niece when she suggested stowing away in my luggage on my trip to … Continue reading The Case for Carry-on
I noticed him while checking out the view of the Bosphorous from the south lawn of Suleymaniye Camii. A lone … Continue reading The Dog on the Roof
“You’re breaking my heart!” Once again, I hear that lament as I pass yet another vendor in the Grand Bazaar, … Continue reading Breaking Hearts in the Grand Bazaar