Dear folks.

Group touring is exhausting. There was barely a moment’s rest while on Unitarian pilgrimage in Transylvania. (Traveling with Unitarians is also tiring. As a species, they talk a LOT.) I will post about the Unitarian trip, too, but it will take a while to catch up. Meanwhile, I will do my best to post here things of interest over the next month’s journeying. This, too, is a religious pilgrimage with stops in Nicea (of the Nicene creed–which spell check just tried to change to the Niceness creed, an idea I rather liked, actually), Ephesus, and Konya (burial place of the founder of the dervish sect of Islam, Lalaluddin Rumi). We begin, however, in the modern ancient city of Istnbul. I hope you enjoy the pictures and posts. Much love, M


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