Next up: Iznik

The gates and walls of ancient Nicea. They were already 600 years old at the time of the first ever ecumenical council (decides god is a trinity) and nearly 1,000 years old for the seventh (icons are cool, but not to be worshiped). A further 1,200 years and our footsteps are kicking up some of the same dust. I can’t help it. I found it cool. Best ruins ever. (These walls are functional, not decorative. They used anything for building materials, including hunks of columns scavenged elsewhere.)


We begin with Sufis

Seeing past the jilbab

Hagia Sophia

And then a man tried to sell us a carpet

Passing remark

S gets a shoe shine

Outside the mosque, inside the mosque

Blue Mosque


Street food

Sneaking snaps in Istanbul

Next up: Iznik

After a day of Nicean ruins…

Buying and making tile

Bath day for S

Life in the small Muslim town of Iznik

Hagia Sophia, Iznik

Hookah lesson

At the market

Turkish National Poem

A parade

Random nature snaps

Gozleme making

The usual suspects



Muslim women

Surprise visit

The music makers

Hat or head scarf?


Landscape I

Landscape II

Landscape III

Landscape IV

Landscape V

Column Church



Parting remarks