Turkish Cuisine-A Love Affair

The first time I experienced a Turkish breakfast in Boston, was the moment that I fell in love with this country’s rich cuisine. The different spices that were blended into succulent omelets stuffed… Continue reading

Istanbul-Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque is named after the thousands of blue tiles that decorate it’s interior, giving it a colorful inner appearance. I visited Istanbul during the holy month of… Continue reading

Istanbul-Just Say No to Bus Tours!

Lured in my great marketing tactics and exhausted from walking through the extensive¬† grounds of the Topaki Palace, Mustafa and I decided to take a city bus tour. This decision was our first… Continue reading

Istanbul-Topkapi Palace

The French have Versailles, the Chinese have the Forbidden City and the Turkish have Topkapi Palace. This display of wealth from the Empire is quite impressive, with some several courtyards and the Imperial… Continue reading

Istanbul-Basilica Cistern

Located deep underground, the Basilica Cistern was one of my personal favorites and a welcome change from the heat and crowded streets of Istanbul. This cistern was built as a water filtration system… Continue reading

Istanbul-Aya Sophia

The Aya Sophia was the first mosque I visited and in my mind the most beautiful. The design of this building allows it to have a large, open space in the center, since… Continue reading

Istanbul-First Impressions

When I see Istanbul as the destination at my gate in the Munich airport, I can feel my heart pound in my chest and my jet lag disappears momentarily. I sleep through the… Continue reading

Thoughts on Turkey

Tomorrow I will be in Istanbul. I’m still in disbelief that I’m finally going to Turkey after all these years. My love affair with this country started a few years ago when I… Continue reading

A Few Thoughts Beforehand…

I am siting in my hotel room near JFK the night before my big trip, listening to the storm warnings of Hurricane Irene.¬† As I listen to this deadly weather phenomenon unfold, I… Continue reading

And So the Adventure Begins!

After a grueling summer of learning the intricacies of the human body, the sometime vengeful nature of bacteria, the complexities of the human mind and saving every penny, I have decided to take… Continue reading