Cistern Istanbul

Cistern Istanbul Cistern Istanbul is an extraordinary subterranean structure, built by Justinian in 532 AD. It is the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul City. Apparently, there are several cisterns in Istanbul. It is now one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. It is especially popular during the summer when its cavernous depths stay wonderfully cool. The line to get in is a little


Edvard Munch ‘The Scream’ – Story Behind the Famous Art Piece

Edvard Munch is Norway’s most beloved artist. He is most famous for four versions of a composition created as both painting and pastel called The Scream (Norwegian: Skrik). He created these pieces of art between 1893 and 1910 on cardboard. Each piece features a hairless figure with an antagonizing expression standing on a bridge beneath a blazing orange sky.  Der Schrei der Natur (The Scream of Nature) is


A candlelit night in the city of Petra, Jordan

  A candlelit night in the city of Petra,  A night I will never forget Making our way down the long Siq, deep into the night, I wondered how the event would unfold. With each step, anticipation into this unknown world of rock walls and the famous "Treasury" in the city of Petra. I had waited years for this moment. I had often heard of


Things to do in Istanbul: Discover Istanbul Cats!

  Things to do in Istanbul   Now honestly,  I didn't start out taking photographs of Istanbul cats. I was just going about my day, shopping in Istanbul, when I would spot one or two. Istanbul Cats Istanbul Cats In fact, I have to say that while I was there, I did notice an abundance of felines, but was so enamored


A Journey through the streets of Istanbul, not Constantinople!

“Istanbul was Constantinople.” “Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.” “Been a long time gone, Constantinople.” Istanbul, not Constantinople “Now it’s a Turkish delight on a moonlit night” Istanbul, not Constantinople   Didn’t we all have to learn that song while in school?   Istanbul is a journey unto itself. Istanbul, not Constantinople I barely scraped the surface as to what


Bedouins (بَدَوِيُّون) of Petra, Jordan

  Honestly, I hate to admit it, but I didn't even know what a Bedouin was before I went to Jordan. I guess I have spent entirely too much time in a USA high school/college to even vaguely understand that these people still existed before now. Not only do they exist, but they also seem to thrive. I saw hundreds of bedouins inside the UNESCO


Barcelona, Spain: Sweet and Salty at La Boqueria

La Boqueria Barcelona Tour of La Boqueria Barcelona: Sweet and Salty The tour I took in Barcelona was called:  Farm to Fork, La Boqueria Barcelona, and Beyond. It began at the intersection of Carrer de la Boqueria and La Rambla, which was founded in the 12th century, making it one of Europe’s oldest markets. La Boqueria Barcelona If you haven't heard of La


Italian Laundry – Street Art

Genoa color coordination Some of my most vivid memories of Italy are those where the laundry is hanging on the line just outside the deep forest green window shutters.  Throughout Liguria (a region in Italy), I kept seeing these amazingly deep green shutters and then... there they were ... lines of colored laundry. Camogli, Italy so elegantly hung, as only the


Charming Medieval Villages along Costa Brava, Spain: Peratalada to Pals

Spain, Costa Brava Peratalada and Pals By Cacinda Maloney If you are following along in my series on Costa Brava, Spain: Post #1: Costa Brava:  Spain’s Northeast Coast, getting there Post#2: Girona, Spain:  Diamonds are a girl’s best friend Post #3:  So, you want to go to Spain’s Brave Coast: Seaside LEstartit Post #4:  Medieval villages along the Costa Brava of Spain -Begur Post


Girona, Spain: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

  Girona, Spain and its Diamonds Sometimes on trips, you find diamonds …I found one... I can say, without a doubt, that exploring Barcelona and the Costa Brava area of Spain is a guaranteed adventure and an amazing trip within trips.  It is a trip that must be taken.  It can be done in 7 to 10 days by a family, a couple or alone. 


God’s Architect: Gaudi

BARCELONA, SPAIN If you have never heard of Antonio Gaudi, you will know who he once you visit Barcelona, Spain.  Antonio Gaudi is Barcelona's inspiration, Barcelona's identity, and their love. He was a modernistic dreamer and architect of Catalan descent. Born in 1852 and having only died in 1926, after being struck by a train (while on his daily walk, without identification, he was not


Graffiti #1

I'm not sure what it is, but graffiti to me is interesting in non USA cities.  In the US, it seems so destructive and a violation of personal property.  But in other countries, for some reason, it almost seems like an art form.  Like real art.  Like the artist are struggling to get their fame.  Here are some great graffiti photos I have taken:


Lima, Peru: An Exotic City for Most Americans to Visit

Mainstream guidebooks don’t do Lima, Peru justice. It is a city that should be on every traveler’s list, known as the City of Kings, or “Los Cuidad de los Reyes”. It extends outward from the rugged cliffs of the Pacific coastline with a mix of Spanish Colonial and the Peruvian Andes culture all rolled into one. And since 2019, the Lima, Peru population has topped

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