Where we rested up after all those ruins–and to charge the batteries for Konya. It was very romantic. And good for us. I’m always surprised by the helpful effects of mineral spas. A week later and my joint swelling remains minimal. These waters are at Pamukkale. None of my photos turned out so I refer you here for a shot of the stunning white travertine rock the hot springs produce. we never did learn why the rock produced by these waters just down the road turns red over time. Any geologists around?


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