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5 days in Istanbul

Published on June 28, 2016, by in Travel.

Galata Bridge, Istanbul I flew to Istanbul for a job interview at a university for an English teaching position. I also spent a couple of days exploring the historic sections of the city, visiting Ayasofya, the Suleyman Mosque, and other areas. Istanbul is a fascinating place, and I barely scratched the surface. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the teaching job, but having a short holliday in the city and sampling some of its delicious food made the trip worthwhile.   Ayasofya from Karakoy pier   My first view of the old city of Istanbul was from the Karakoy pier, looking across the Golden Horn toward the New Mosque, Ayasofya, and the Blue Mosque. I traveled mainly on foot, crossing the Galata bridge several times, as well as by tram. The sky was deep blue, the sunlight strong, and temperatures warm. Among my favorite experiences: a huge breafast of eggs, cheese, bread, and olives in Karakoy, eating superb baklava at Karakoy Gulluoglu, observing the huge local cat population, and a side trip to view what remain of Istanbul’s Ottoman-era wooden houses in the Zeyrek area.   street view in Beyoglu district   Spice Market     Ayasofya interior     Ayasofya columns     cemetery cat     tram     baklava at Karakoy Gulluoglu Tweet This Post

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Bangkok temple wall

Published on April 7, 2016, by in Travel.

Jade Buddha Temple, Bangkok, December 2015 Tweet This Post

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metro at Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Paris

Published on March 7, 2016, by in Paris.

The metro station is on the back side of Montmartre, and a scenic starting point to explore the area. Across the street from the metro is Le Refuge, an atmospheric cafe where time seemed to stand still. Tweet This Post

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Bar de la Marine, Marseille

Published on January 31, 2016, by in Marseille.

Bar de la Marine, on the Old Port of Marseille. It’s a glimpse into the long-ago Marseille that has somehow escaped the touristy and upscale transformation of the rest of the area. Tweet This Post

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bridge over Cours Lieutaud, Marseille

Published on January 28, 2016, by in Marseille.

This was one of my favorite spots in Marseille, where the Rue d’Aubagne bridge crosses the Cours Lieutaud in the Notre Dame du Mont area. Just to the left is a pedestrian footbridge leading to a set of stairs up to the “quartier des artistes” in the Cours Julien area.       Two more views of the same location (click on images to view on Flickr):           Tweet This Post