Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Prayer and Gelato

I'm listening to the evening call to prayer as I write this - and I'm likely to wake up tomorrow to the same thing. Hearing it again is one of the best parts about being back in Istanbul. I didn't realize I missed it while I was gone, but I did. I'll admit, there are a few mornings when I don't love it - those when I'm not interested in getting up at six, but by and large I love the way the call gives this city character and a voice, and I even like that reminder to take a minute and send up some thanks to the heavens.

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On a completely unrelated topic - I am planning a trip to Italy for late March / early April. I've been dreaming of this trip for more than a decade and I can hardly wait. I'm still in the depths of planning - so far I think I've decided I'll start in Florence, explore the city for a couple of days and then use it as a base for another three days as I take day trips through Tuscany. Then I'll travel to Rome and spend a few days there. If you've been I'd love any tips or ideas. Must sees, places to see, gelato to eat....

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10 comments:

Dagmar said...

Hello Jamie,
Wonderful photos. I love your use of words to describe what you hear and see...your plans for Italy sound wonderful.. I will be looking forward to your photos!
Xo

Nicole said...

I wish I could go to Italy with you!

~Kristina said...

Italy, swoon! Let yourself have some time in the small towns that may or may not be on the maps.
Limone gelato (lemon) is a must try at any gelateria or local bar. I can't wait to hear all about how your time spent there goes.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I never realize how I much I missed a place until I go back to it. Can't wait to go to Istanbul this summer again. :)

Krystal said...

i think i would like hearing that too...kind of like the church bells here!

Jerica said...

I would love to be able to hear the call to prayer. What a neat experience. How fun you're planning a trip to Italy. That is so exciting!

Karen said...

I love reading about Istanbul. The last time I was in Italy was so long ago, none of my suggestions would be any help.

Cindy said...

Your trip to Italy sounds fabulous! You are such a good traveler I wish you could share some tips with us less experienced.

blue elephant photography said...

italy is definitely on my list! i just wanna see the city, eat lots of food, and sip lots of wine!

Ashley said...

Well I'll be in Italy around that time! Maybe a little after you...April 9th to the 17th :)

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