Summer Blues

Lately, discussions at work have been wrapped around weather, as this has been the wettest summer on record. In a meeting last week everyone in our group spoke of the wanting the effects of autumn to begin immediately so, while we waited for the workshop to begin each of us took shared favorite aspects of fall, starting with the crisp coolness in the air, along with leaves swirling across the ground, and the smell of wood wafting in the air from fireplaces.

Going through photos the other day I came across a few items which seemed to possess a most magical blue color of the season, and though we rarely saw clear skies I would like to bid summer adieu in hopes that the soon we may take long walks in the evening out under the twinkling stars.

View of the Aegean from atop a cliff in Rhodes, and photo above Washington state during flight to British Vancouver.

Photo taken of a purple iris during sunset in garden at Heath that resulted in this fabulous shade of blue.


Destination: Istanbul

As summer comes to a close our team headed to Istanbul this week, that modern-day city that sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and most definitely straddles both the ancient and modern worlds. The Bosphorus is still a route for maritime trade with the sounds of merchants and construction keeping the area buzzing with the various cultures.

Whenever you travel it is best to rise early to partake in the historical sites, visit museums, but while in Istanbul you must drink tea, enjoy a Turkish breakfast or visit public bathing called ḥammām.

Faith [historically Constantinople] is the capital district in Istanbul, and Beyazit Square is located in the European section of the city.

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque [Ottoman] near the fountain of Sultan Ahmed III in Faith Turkey

Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami 
Every visitor to Istanbul should experience a Turkish bath, and at Kilic Ali Pasa they offer the traditional ḥammām. This service includes an attendant who will wash and massage you., but no matter which service you choose you may use the facility for as long as you wish.

One of the most picturesque sights in Turkey is the Ortaköy Mosquethat sits on Bosphorus. Designed by Armenian architect Garabet Balyan in 1855 in neo-Baroque style.

Most churches and mosque have exquisite features, and these 13th century Byzantine mosaic’s in the Hagia Sophia are absolutely spectacular.

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