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Oh, The People You Will Meet!

Oh, The People You Will Meet!

Originally posted on Frozen Memories:
Turkish Friends (L to R: Kenan, Selma, Irene, David) Sometimes, the best part of a trip is the people you meet. Kenan and Selma are the parents of one of my colleagues. They were two of the most gracious hosts I have ever encountered. They did not know us yet…

Sacred Doorways

Sacred Doorways

Originally posted on Frozen Memories:
Sacred Spaces Can you imagine living in a home with gorgeous paintings such as this one over a doorway at the Hagia Sophia? It’s a beautiful picture, a head turner. It has been magnificently restored to a luster that simply causes one to look at it with jaw dropping amazement.…

Cave Temple Interior

Cave Temple Interior

Originally posted on Frozen Memories:
Cave Temple Interior The icons in this temple were in a pretty good state considering their age and the fact that they were attacked by devotees of another religion that considered them to be blasphemous. One icon, not shown in this picture, was missing the mid section, the result of…

Playing Holi (Expat Week #052)

Playing Holi (Expat Week #052)

Originally posted on Adventures of an American Traveler:
Holi is a time to reach out with the colors of joy. It is the time to love and forgive. It is the time expresses the happiness of being loved and to be loved through colors. ~unknown Holi Colors It is fitting for me that my one…

Cave Temple

Cave Temple

Originally posted on Frozen Memories:
Rock Cut Cave Temple This temple is carved into solid rock, granite I am told. It’s ancient. Inscriptions point to the 7th century. We were able to see this temple because we had befriended one of the drivers attached to the hotel. The drivers at the hotel rotate so each…

The Concubine Trail

The Concubine Trail

Originally posted on Frozen Memories:
Concubine Trail Istanbul is home to the magnificent Topkapi Palace. Thanks to Irene reading up on the palace, we arrived early to beat some of the massive crowds that visit daily. Our first stop was the harem quarters, one of the more popular areas of the palace. This beautiful stone…

Court of the Concubines and the Sultan’s Consorts

Court of the Concubines and the Sultan’s Consorts

Originally posted on Frozen Memories:
Court of the Concubines and the Sultan’s Consorts This is the courtyard for the harem, an open area where the concubines could watch the Sultan as he strode by on his personal walkway. I can’t help but wonder at the amount of tension between the women as each vied for…

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