Parting remarks

Our trip is coming to a close. We’re now on vacation from traveling, enjoying island life on Bozcaada. We’ve escaped the world of tour bus clogged streets, carpet sellers encouraging “friendship,” men scowling at teenaged girls without headscarves and showing exposed wrists, waiters peddling tables, and crowds of milling tourists. There are few English speakers here, staff or tourist–save for the Conde Nast journalist and her entourage staying at our hotel. S is swimming in the ocean a coupe of times a day; we spend our afternoons drinking Turkish tea and playing backgammon in the shade. I will take no photos here, the better to enjoy a rest. Rather, I’ll share a selection from the album Random Impressions. Thanks for being there as I traveled. Your open hearts helped me open myself and take the journey deeper. See you soon. With much love. Michelle
Shot list: shoulder bag shop, Sirince; shed storage, Bergama; swing set, Selçuk; broom made from bush tied to stick, spa resort, Pamukkale; the nut roaster, Konya; Ottoman-style housing, Sirince; those (even darker) toes again, shot in a puddle of mineral water in the travertine protected area, Pamukkale.


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