The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The dome upon dome design creates an immense open space, but things are not exactly as harmonious as they seem. To cover up the huge support structure, trompe l’oeil murals were added in the 19th century so that gallery would appear more uniform. Finding these panels while you take in the breath-taking sight is an odd touch of reality in an otherwise divine architecture.
Posts tagged ‘Turkey’
Happy Thanksgiving! While everyone inis feasting on Turkey, I thought I show you how I feasted in Turkey. Now enough with the puns, onto the food!
I have to say, overall we ate very well in Turkey! I love that style of cooking and was pleasantly surprised whenever I ordered something that I didn’t quite understand. I’ve already written about fish in Istanbul, sour plums and beautiful stuffed mussels but that’s only the tip of the culinary iceberg! Read more
I should preface this by saying I really did try an learn some Turkish before visiting Istanbul and the western coast. I had some language podcasts and a phrase book. There were times when that was great, times when the basics and hand gestures were enough and a couple times when conversation wasn’t even needed but I still felt like I was following story. This is one example of the latter.
While art and history usually drives most of my travel choices, I do like to eat well while I’m on vacation. The flavors become so linked to my memories that one good bowl of tzatziki sends me to the beach in the Southern Peloponnese or a perfectly crispy wienerschnitzel reminds me of the sunny little garden cafe filled with Viennese office workers out to lunch. I dream of recreating these things. I do my best to attempt them over the first month I’m home and then on other random weekends when I get a craving for proper Guinness stew.