March 2023

A Hidden Gem

Hidden below the city of Istanbul lies an underground forest of stone pillars that aren’t seen until you descend below the street and down some fifty steps beneath the ground.    Back in the 6th century, a huge cistern was dug to provide water to the buildings around it, including Mehmed II’s Topkapi Palace. This …

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Hello Hagia!

Our road trip through Türkiye started on foot in Istanbul, walking the labyrinth of mosques that are clustered inside the city. Their colossal domes rise like hilltops hemmed in by minarets.    First up, of course, was the Hagia Sophia. Standing under the scalloped lights of the Hagia was a thrill.    The Blue Mosque …

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