After a strange couple of days here in Tbilisi, I’m cheering myself up this Sunday with endless cups of jasmine tea and memories of Istanbul. Here are some of the textures and colors of the Tomb of Sultan Mahmud, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, and Blue Mosque.
Part One of the roadtrip can be found here. Day Two of the twin roadtrip started early (maybe too early, after having finished a bottle of wine the night before). Since we had already mastered our way out of Jerusalem the prior morning, we got onto the highway quickly and uneventfully. We were heading in a more northward direction than our last drive, so we came to a different check point. This one looked a lot more serious. The soldier […]
Israel is roughly the size and shape of New Jersey, according to the Lonely Planet. This is just about the most relevant comparison that I, a Jersey girl, could have hoped for. However, considering how many times I’ve gotten lost in my own home state, it didn’t assuage my fears of taking on the challenge of an Israeli road trip sans GPS. My “twin”, Roxanne, and I rented a compact black Suzuki from the friendly local rental car company. Armed […]
“In Jerusalem, and I mean within the ancient walls, I walk from one epoch to another without a memory to guide me. The prophets over there are sharing the history of the holy … ascending to heaven and returning less discouraged and melancholy, because love and peace are holy and are coming to town.” In Jerusalem, by Mahmoud Darwish I arrived in the Holy Land after my three day stop in Geneva, passing through Istanbul and forgoing another night’s sleep. […]