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Blue Mosque Sun – Istanbul, Turkey


Photo of the Day – Blue Mosque Sun – Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque located in Istanbul is massive. We were inside the rather large courtyard outside of the Blue Mosque and struggled to squeeze the mosque into this photo even with a wide-angle lens. Unfortunately visiting the mosque in the middle of the day does not lend to the best photos, but I think this came out kind of cool in its own way. It is very easy to get caught up in the beauty and detail of the mosque in a more detailed picture. Here you are left with the simple beauty of symmetry and the domes that build up and up and up.

Blue Mosque Sun - Istanbul, Turkey

Inside the Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey


Photo of the Day – Inside the Blue Mosque – Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque is named for its exterior, but I have to say its interior is not too shabby as well.

Although not as outstanding, the inside contains an enormous chandelier that must be amazing when lit with candles.
The patterned rug, chandelier, highly-detailed walls and stained glass make up for an overwhelming amount of color, not just blue!

To give a bit of perspective on the size of this mosque, look to the right of the main column in the photo at the ground-level and you will see someone sitting. As you’ll quickly notice, the interior is absolutely massive which means the chandelier is ginormous. OK – I can’t think of anymore synonyms for “big” :) , but I think you get my point.

Inside the Blue Mosque - Istanbul, Turkey

Stray Cat in Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey


Photo of the Day – Stray Cat in Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey

Honestly, I am not 100% sure this was taken in Hagia Sophia, but if it was not there, it was in its neighbor, the Blue Mosque. Regardless, it is always interesting to me to see ‘domesticated’ animals abroad. For me, it is something that seems to draw people together; it’s something that is generally the same from country to country. And although I presume this cat was a stray, it was still there left to roam just as a cat might be at a cathedral here in the US.

Now, I must say that not all stray animals are quite as elegant as this feline, but we seemed to capture her in a deep nirvana while warming in the glass filtered light of the mosque.

Stray Cat in Hagia Sophia - Istanbul, Turkey

Spices by the KG – Grand Bazaar – Istanbul, Turkey


Photo of the Day – Spices by the KG – Grand Bazaar – Istanbul, Turkey

These huge buckets of spices look so odd to a guy who grew up in America. Here at home we tend to buy much smaller quantities of spices than some of our friends around the world. Those small quantities are always found in a collection of little jars which practically go unused with the exception of one or two of the spices that came in the set of 24. Contrast that with the Turkish people who were using shovels to scoop up enormous amounts of bright and colorful spices and paying by the kilogram!

This shot was taken in a market on the outskirts of the famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. The Grand Bazaar is a wonder of its own and certainly not to be missed while you are in Turkey visiting two of the Top 100 Places (Cappadocia and Hagia Sophia).

Markets never disappoint and always should be at the top of your list when traveling. What other places are consistently great to visit from destination to destination?

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1 Great Wall of China
2 Pyramids of Egypt
3 Machu Picchu
4 Serengeti Migration
5 Galapagos Islands
6 Grand Canyon
7 Angkor Temples
8 Antarctica Cruise
9 Taj Mahal
10 Iguazu Falls
11 Amazon Rain Forest
12 Great Barrier Reef
13 Bora Bora
14 Victoria Falls
15 Bagan
16 Petra
17 Potala Palace
18 Karnak
19 Mt Everest
20 Cappadocia
21 St Peters Basilica
22 Fjords of Norway
23 Jerusalem Old City
24 Burj Khalifa
25 Borobudur
26 Forbidden City
27 Kashmir Valley
28 Li River Cruise
29 Ladakh
30 Alhambra
31 Louvre Museum
32 Perito Moreno Glac.
33 Banaue Terraces
34 Colosseum of Rome
35 Easter Island
36 Venice Canals/Alleys
37 Kathmandu Valley
38 Wat Phra Kaew
39 Yellowstone NP
40 Pompeii
41 Rio Panoramic View
42 Palace of Versailles
43 Dubrovnik
44 Golden Temple
45 St. Basils Cathedral
46 Vatican Museum
47 Florence Cityscape
48 Acropolis
49 Amalfi Coast Drive
50 Kremlin
51 Hong Kong View
52 TerraCotta Warriors
53 Mezquita Cordoba
54 Chichen Itza
55 Damascus Old City
56 Shwedagon Stupa
57 Sahara Desert
58 Mont St Michel
59 St. Marks Square
60 Egyptian Museum
61 Hagia Sophia
62 Angel Falls
63 Delphi
64 Teotihuacan
65 Baalbek
66 Banff NP
67 Santorini
68 Matterhorn
69 New York Skyline
70 Neuschwanstein
71 Chartres Cathedral
72 British Museum
73 Prague Old Town
74 Burj al Arab
75 Yangtze River Cruise
76 Yosemite NP
77 Hermitage Museum
78 Torres del Paine
79 Chambord Chateau
80 Lijiang
81 Portofino
82 Great Ocean Road
83 Tongariro Alpine
84 Las Vegas Strip
85 Tikal
86 Topkapi Palace
87 Sydney Opera House
88 Eiffel Tower
89 Luxor Temple
90 Kerala Backwaters
91 Golden Gate Bridge
92 Cinque Terre
93 Metropolitan Mus
94 Uffizi Gallery
95 Ayers Rock
96 Cliffs of Moher
97 Pacific Coast Hwy
98 Shanghai Skyline
99 Glacier Bay NP
100 Wulingyuan
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