Cave Temple Interior

The icons in this temple were in a pretty good state considering their age and the fact that they were attacked by devotees of another religion that considered them to be blasphemous. One icon, not shown in this picture, was missing the mid section, the result of overly zealous devotees. This senseless destruction always leaves…

Cave Temple

This temple is carved into solid rock, granite I am told. It’s ancient. Inscriptions point to the 7th century. We were able to see this temple because we had befriended one of the drivers attached to the hotel. The drivers at the hotel rotate so each gets an equal chance at the customers. On this…

Harem Architecture

This picture taken in the harem courtyard is typical of the intricacy in it’s design. It seems the artisans spared no expense or any minute detail when creating this beautiful structure. I guess, when your benefactor, is one of the most powerful human beings on the planet, expense doesn’t count for much. Camera: Canon EOS…

The Concubine Trail

Istanbul is home to the magnificent Topkapi Palace. Thanks to Irene reading up on the palace, we arrived early to beat some of the massive crowds that visit daily. Our first stop was the harem quarters, one of the more popular areas of the palace. This beautiful stone walkway, which runs the full length of…

Sunset Runner

I am not much of a runner, never really have been.  Unless, I am chasing a soccer ball across the pitch in hot pursuit of a tricky forward. Still, on this beautiful evening in Zug, Switzerland I was a bit envious that the man was enjoying a jog at sunset along the edge of the…