Tag: churches

Andalucia 2012 – Cordoba’s Mezquita…

Cordoba is almost as much like OZ as Istanbul was.  My introduction to this city is a drive through a very crowded street, along a stone wall which I would discover is the Mezquita, a model of which I saw at the Islamic Science… Continue Reading “Andalucia 2012 – Cordoba’s Mezquita…”

Andalucia 2012 – Toledo…

Having become enamored of Islamic arts and architecture, my next travels take me to Andalucia, in search of the remnants of medieval Spain when it was under Moorish rule .

Return to Turkey…

“See what is outside of Istanbul for a couple of days. Cappadocia perhaps. Or Ephesus.” He offers to find a tour that I can afford and make those arrangements. I chose instead, the ancient Ottoman capitol of Bursa.

Crossroads Tour – Ayasofya and the Sea of Marmara…

Today is my last day in Istanbul. My first stop this morning is Ayasofya, another architectural wonder whose design elements I would replicate as a hat…

Three days in Florence…

I sit on the broad expanse of steps outside the train station, enjoying the sunset as the sky variegates from grey at the horizon, to rose, to robin-egg blue. Church bells filling the chilling air, and I go inside to board my train…

Three days in Venice…

The Rialto Bridge is larger and more impressive than I had imagined. Passing under the massive arch of stone is like passing from night into day.