Tag: mosques

Morocco 2017 – Marrakech…

We are on the road to Marrakech. You can almost hear everyone humming the famous Crosby, Still & Nash song to themselves …

Morocco 2017 – Todra Gorge and Berber pizza…

I would have happily stayed in the Red Dunes for a few more days, but we have more camels and kasbahs to see… and Doug’s friend Said!

Morocco 2017 – Fez Day 2: tiles, souks and cemeteries…

I’ve been waiting the entire trip to see the Qarawiyyin Library. Established originally as a mosque by Fatima Al-Fihre in 859, it houses 4,000 rare books and manuscripts, and is the oldest working library in the world.

Morocco 2017 – Rabat…

We arrive in Rabat, founded in the 10th century, now the second largest metropolis in Morocco. We proceed past the Kasbah of the Oudaias and through the medina to our riad.

Morocco 2017 – Welcome to Casablanca…

A red-headed cowboy leaning against a pillar in baggage claim, looks up from his phone. He offers to assist with luggage, and looks around for mine. “I’m traveling light this trip.”

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…

Crossroads Tour – A hamami, Suleyman Camii and a lost taxi…

The final step is being led to a pool of cool water that did not smell of salt but which made me feel more buoyant than I know I am. There are shafts of light coming through the dome and piercing the water. I am floating as much in shafts as in the cool water of the pool…

Crossroads Tour – The Horn, astrolabes, and a holy place…

I hurry on to the Islamic Science Museum, eager to see how it compares to the Galileo Museum in Florence. There are world globes in the entryway, but unlike the ones in Florence, these are not enclosed in glass. The first room is filled with astrolabes!

Crossroads Tour – Sleepless in the Sultanahmet…

It’s overcast outside, much like my mood. I’m exhausted. I cannot get onto the WIFI. I am ready to buy a return plane ticket if I can ever get online…