Monday, December 26, 2011

A Glimpse of Istanbul

I had an amazing holiday weekend with my family - my only complaint is over already. I hope you had an equally wonderful weekend.  I'm rushing around today trying to fit in a day of work, packing and running a few errands as today is my last day home before I head back to Istanbul.


Work in Turkey has been manic, full of stress, long hours and no weekends. But I've tried to keep a camera with me at all times to capture a few shots here and then - mostly taken as I criss-cross the city for meetings with various groups or on a rare Saturday evening off.  Here are a couple of glimpses of the city I've captured on my way to meetings. I hope to start sharing more of Istanbul in the coming weeks, it is an incredible city - with something new each day to capture my interest.

Birds on the Square
The pigeons at Taksim Square.

New Mosque
The New Mosque, which just happens to have been built from 1597 to 1663.

Love Bug
A VW bug, found on a Sunday walk through my neighborhood.

In music news, I'm seriously loving the new Florence and the Machine album, have you had a chance to check it out yet? Here's their "Breaking Down."
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11 comments:

Diana Joy said...

How nice you got to be home with family for Christmas. I love the pic of the yellow bug under the yellow bush. Merry Christmas.

urban muser said...

Glad to hear you got to spend time with your family. Love that pigeon shot!!

Stampmouse said...

Glad you got to be with family at Christmas. Bummer on so busy with work but at least you get a few shots in. Your audience is ever so grateful. Not sure I will ever get to turkey so through your eyes I travel. Keep up the spirits the end is near

blue elephant photography said...

i love that bug! merry christmas jamie! *hugs*

Christianna said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! Yay!

I love all of these pictures! I've always wanted a yellow VW bug!

lisa said...

So glad that you were home for Christmas Jamie!
I wish you a good trip back to Istanbul, and a beautiful New Year.

Dorian Susan said...

Sounds like your trip home was brief but joyful. Love seeing these pics of Istanbul. The "new" mosque. Hmmmm. Great captures; looking forward to seeing more.

Cat said...

You know it was a good holiday when your only regret is the fact that it had to come to an end so soon! Lovely images, as always :) I do hope you get a chance to breath and take some "me" time soon! xx Cat

Cindy said...

glad you were home for the holidays and love that song! istanbul looks like it's going to be great.

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a magical Christmas--looks like you did! :)

Amanda said...

Glad you got to spend some quality time with your family -- must be hard with you traveling so much. That last shot needs to be printed and hung on my office wall. :)

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