This Little Piggy…

On our last day in Turkey, we encountered some feral pigs. We encountered a good sized herd of them while driving along the coast of the Aegean Sea with it’s turquoise waters. They approached the car looking for food handouts which we did not have.

The Regal Tabby

Cats abounded at the monuments we visited on our trip to Turkey. They were even inside the Hagia Sofia which completely caught me off guard as I never expected to see feral cats in a museum. This tabby perched on the rock like she owned the place. She didn’t even deign to cast a glance…

Monochrome Monday: Ancient Arches

I would love to have been present when the ancients built this double arched entrance way into what was an building. This marvel was constructed without computers, without power tools. For me, that is a marvel in its own right. Then to meticulously place the massive stones just adds to this wonder of ancient engineering.…

Pillars of Civilization

I am much more fascinated by ancient architecture than I am by modern. Both are amazing engineering feats for the time so, for me, it’s not a matter of better or worse. It’s simply a matter of preference. I prefer to experience the handmade pillars of craftsman over the machine built infrastructure of buildings. The…

Immortal Sadness

Who is this face cast in granite thousands of years ago? Was it a human? Was it a god? Was it male? Female? Why did the artist capture a face of sadness? Did the subject understand it was bound for immortality? What is your name icon? When did you live? Did you love? Were you…

Kenan & Selma Our Turkish Friends

Oh, The People You Will Meet!

Sometimes, the best part of a trip is the people you meet. Kenan and Selma are the parents of one of my colleagues. They were two of the most gracious hosts I have ever encountered. They did not know us yet loaned us their summer home which was just a short walk from the beaches…

Turkish Contemplation

Irene and I were scouting additional ruins. We reached this one by walking over long shrubbery, walking atop crumbling ancient walls, and skirting a pond. Beside the beauty of the dilapidated and fluted column which I rested against, I was comforted by the silence, the solitude. Yes, one can experience solitude when with someone as…