Monday, April 16, 2012

Orient Express

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Istanbul's historic Sirkeci Train Station was once home to the Orient Express, and while I'm not up on all of the history of the station, it was a must see for one of my colleagues so when he wanted to wander through, I grabbed my camera and tagged along.

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We considered eating at the restaurant - but I have a rule about eating in a place that is almost empty during prime dining time so we moved on....

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Aren't the windows amazing! Why isn't stained glass used more often?

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At first I was disappointed that two of the lights were burned out - making this photo less than what I saw in my head before I took it. Now I've decided I like the realism and imperfection the dark globes bring.

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When was the last time you traveled by train? It is rare to the point of non-existant in my part of the US - but I use them frequently in Europe and find I enjoy that mode of travel. I even love sitting at a cafe in a train station and people watching.

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It's been a while since one of my all-time favorites, Amos Lee, made an appearance on the blog. But his "Night Train" is the perfect choice for this post.
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18 comments:

laura lok said...

Wow what great architecture. Beautiful place. Vgreat song too

Gilding Lilies said...

You are right about the empty restaurant thing, that's a very good rule of thumb.
It is so gorgeous. It almost seems like a movie set, it's so perfect.

elena nuez said...

Hi Jamie,
I don't know if it's fortunately or unfortunately in Spain is really usual travel by train, for me is perfect I looove it, but trains are now so fast that the distances are too short!
These station's details are fantastic, I hope you enjoyed Istanbul to my seemed a marvel!

The Felix Family said...

Very beautiful place!! I'm sad it's not very busy. The train is amazing. Very romantic with the lights reflecting off the wet ground. Perfect for a movie!

Anna said...

Hi Jamie,
You must be enjoying all the fantastic photo ops that seem to be everywhere you turn! The color and pattern in the windows is gorgeous. I always appreciate the stained glass windows that seem to be part of a lot of older architecture. Loved the warm light and rain covered surfaces in your images outside the station, too.
My husband and I chaperoned our church youth group on Amtrak as they ventured out to camp in MT, a couple years ago. The train was very fun and a great way to travel w/ teens. Everyone sat around and played cards or talked as they enjoyed the scenery. It was a good time!

A Box of Chocolates said...

wow what a journey and i love the trains travel in the UK and Europe, and I loved the movie so lucky you .

DecorandtheDog said...

Very pretty! Love the windows!

lisa said...

Jamie, this is really amazing.
Such a gorgeous design, and you have photographed it beautifully!

blue elephant photography said...

i love those stained glass windows! and i love people watching too :)

Diana Joy said...

OH my goodness.... what a beautiful photo op place. Your photos are amazing. I like your rule about eating in restaurants.

iris said...

Few travel by train in Turkey, too. You must go to the bus stations! Everyone from all walks of life.

Krystal said...

what a cool almost eery place! i hope you have been well!!! sorry i've been so mia! where are you in the world now?

Lisa RedWillow said...

Oh my . What an amazing set of images.
So very beautiful . If one could just set into the photos.
Stuning

Karen said...

Your photos of Istanbul have moved a trip to there right up on my list. I think it's highly unlikely to happen, but I am just awed by the photos you've posted.

Pierre BOYER said...

Lovely...
Best regards from Paris,

Pierre

Punctuation Mark said...

what an amazing place... love your images as always!!!

Cindy said...

love your night time photos & welcome home!

Clinton Painter said...

You captured some great photographs. Nice job. Oh and consider me terribly jealous.

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