Visiting Rumelian Fortress

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Where’s that? When my friend recommended we go to Rumelian Fortress I was surprised I had no idea what that place was.  Even my other friend who is living in Istanbul had not heard of it either.  It wasn’t until I actually saw the place did I realize I had seen it from afar.  That fortress on the hill from all the boat ride along the … [Read more...]

On Returns and Turkey

View of Istanbul - Turkey

I enjoy going back to places I have been before, particularly those like Istanbul which are just too big to fully appreciate or understand in one trip.  Heck I’m fairly certain a place like Istanbul would need more than a lifetime to do that properly. This trip around being Eid, and being off from my classes (There are two Eids celebrated by … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Eilean Donan Castle – Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle – Scotland

I really like this photo and I realize I never posted it!  Good thing too as I wanted to originally post some photos from my recent India trip but other life issues, weather issues, etc prevented me from actually going through all of them.  I have some good stories to share from India but until that I hope you enjoy this lovely photo from … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: In the Shadow of Etna – Sicily

Mount Etna - Sicily, Italy

I had wanted to climb Mt. Etna while I was in Sicily on the trip there but the weather never seemed to cooperate.  It rained nearly daily which ended up causing the tours of the Mountain to cancel on a regular basis.  Ahh well, it would have been a beautiful place to go hiking.  I also missed out on Vesuvius as well while near Naples for the same … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Cannons and Cathedrals in Ely

Ely Cathedral and Cannon - Ely, England, Cambridgeshire

A beautiful day visiting out in the city of Ely.  One of the smallest “cities” (granted city status) it is a beautiful day trip from Cambridge if you find yourself in the area.  Also a wonderful stop if you are ever in town for the “Eel” festival.  Always a good time with eel tossing and of course those delicious “jellied eels”. I almost didn’t … [Read more...]