Monday, October 6, 2014

A Virtual Trip to Istanbul

 Happy Monday! Hope you had fun creating during World Card-Making Day... To be honest, every day is WCMD to me. :) However, I thought it would be fun to change the subject a little bit today.

Here is something fun to do....Would you like to take a virtual trip to Istanbul?

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.
Istanbul is a magical seal, which unites Europe and Asia since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly the most beautiful place of the world.
- Gerard De Nerval

   Hagia Sophia was a former Greek Orthodox church, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
 The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. The cistern is located 500 feet (150 m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia. It was built in the 6th century during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. This evocative setting was used for James Bond's adventures in From Russia with Love (see video at 00:49).

It's hard to believe that we were there just a month ago. Within the first few hours that we arrived in Istanbul, I tried to do what the locals would do...buying treats on the street! I was intrigued by the pomegranate juice stand. I took out the Lira and bought myself a cup. It was tart but tasty!
video

Edited: I didn't realize at the time when I drank the juice. After uploading the video, it was confirmed that the vendor's hands were the dirtiest I had ever seen. I had mixed feelings about the juice!
These are just a few glimpses of the street vendors and shops near Hagia Sophia
More food photos taken in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.
Please stop by my daughter's Flickr (click here). Stephanie took many amazing and interesting photos! Besides working on her PhD in Applied Health Studies, Stephanie is a sought-after professional photographer. In fact, she was working as a wedding photographer last Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

21 comments:

Barb said...

Awesome photos, Virginia! Looks like such an amazing place! Stephanie took some really cool photos too - loved looking through them! ♥

Dawn Turley said...

fabulous Virginia. You really had an awesome trip.

aaga said...

Amazing buildings, thanks for the photos!

~amy~ said...

Such awesome pictures!

Annette Allen said...

wow great photos.. thanks for sharing.. looks amazing

Sheila H said...

The photos are great, Virginia. Stephanie's Flickr page has so many amazing photos. Congrats to her for being successful even before becoming a PhD!

Cindy C. said...

Awesome photos, yours and Stephanie's!! Thanks or the virtual tour, and that bit of James Bond trivia is really fun! Must share that with hubby, he's a big Sean Connery fan!

Gerry said...

Thank you for the awesome pictures and lovely descriptions....dirty hands and all. Eeek. Now I can say I've been to Istanbul. Love traveling through you and your family.

Cindy C. said...

Forgot to ask you, did you drink that juice after all? :)

Laura B. said...

So fun to see more pics of your amazing trip! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful photos! Such a different place, it's so rich in terms of things to see!

Shelly said...

Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing!

alexandra s.m. said...

I so want to go there!
I saw Stephanie's photos on Flickr, she's got an amazing eye!
Thank you Virginia!!

conil said...

These are pretty good pics themselves. Thanks for the virtual tour.

conil said...

Really got caught up in Stephanie's Flickr pages...you must be so proud of her and her talent (which, I'm sure, you had a lot to do with).

Charlene said...

Looks amazing, thanks for sharing!

Harriet said...

Ah, Virginia, you've taken me to another part of the world my feet will never feel, but you've allowed my eyes a feast. Thank you to Stephanie for all her wonderful photos.

Barb Ghig said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of these great photos with us! I feel so badly for you that you drank juice from that vendor and didn't realize his hands weren't 'clean!' Yikes!

I plan to check out Stephanie's Flickr photos later on tonight...can't wait to see what she captured from your trip :)

Laura Norris said...

Great pictures! Thanks for letting us visit Istanbul too!

Lin said...

You really had an adventure! Thanks, as always, for sharing it with us!

Kelly Griglione said...

Yay, I love these posts!! Totally dying over here thinking of you watching the video and focusing in on those black fingernails!! It's all part of the experience, right?! Dr. John's photo of the cistern is amazing!