A Second Time Around In Istanbul March 12th 2009 It has been nearly 13 years since I first set my eyes on the many minarets of istanbul (check out my earlier blog: The Many Minarets of Istanbul ) and this fulfills an earlier dream to revisit this beautiful city. Arriving before 6 am , the city was quiet, just about getting ready to wake up to some frenzied activity. The airport shuttle we booked online was there waiting for Shelly and I, and we ... read more
Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more
Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life!
I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. ... full info