Istanbul On Purpose

I’m writing this post from the city of Istanbul where I sit by an open window overlooking the Bosphorus Strait. My window affords a view of the second bridge; it puts me in mind of San Francisco’s Golden Gate. Ships pass below on their way from the Black...
After the Rain

After the Rain

It rained this evening, after several days of hot, sunny weather. The air is fresh and cool, and from my Istanbul balcony I can see flashes of lighting like fireworks above the hilltops on the Asian side. The weather outside matches my inner emotional state.  The jet...
Galata Sunset

Galata Sunset

Tonight I watched the sun set over the Golden Horn from the balcony of the Galata Tower, which has stood on this spot since 1348 when it was a watch tower for the Genoese colony of Galata. I wandered through the winding cobblestone streets in this old section of the...

Istanbul Idle

I am writing this by a wide open window, watching the ships pass down the Bosphorus from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. The water is an indescribably beautiful blue, a few shades deeper than the sky. Red roofed houses stack, one of top of the other, up the...