Off to Big Sur!

I’m about to head out the door for a 3-day b’day weekend in a yurt in Big Sur, thanks to my wonderful girlfriend Sarah 🙂  We plan on doing lots of short hikes and lots of not-much-at-all.  The weather forecast is 68-73F today through Sunday, so we should have some great wildlife viewing and perhaps…

More from Istanbul

The past few days have been lovely, exploring Istanbul and enjoying the many sights and smells of this ancient and modern city.

Dolmabace Palace was a bit of a bust – the (mandatory) guided tour was monotonous and sparse of information, but the palace was certainly fancy in a gaudy Roccoco sort of way.  It does have the world’s largest crystal chandelier (4.5 tons) and the world’s largest throne room (18,000 sq. ft. or so), but isn’t really to my taste.

Merhaba Istanbul’de!

It’s a lovely grey day here in Istanbul, with rain on the horizon, making us plan on more indoors activities, perhaps the Dolmabace Palace and/or the Spice Bazaar.

Yesterday was a lovely day – we visited Ayasofia (Haghia Sofia), Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque) and Yerebetan (Basilica Cistern) in the morning.  All were lovely, but the Blue Mosque gets my vote as the loveliest building I’ve had the good fortune to see.  Inside and out it is graceful and flowing on the grandest scale.