Istanbul….She is feeling different.

Istanbul felt different this trip.  The Turkish survived Taksim Square, but were troubled about the recent “mining accident”.
In two unsolicited conversations with employed and modern women in Istanbul, they both voiced an anger at their government. Both of these unrelated women were fearful of changes they foresee happening to Turkey.
I noticed many more women covering their head in hijab, than in past  years.  Our travel agent also recommended the female travelers to cover elbow to ankle. This is different….real different.

Turkey is changing , like all of us.

I took this by accident, I mean i did it on purpose of course, forgetting  it wasn't allowed.

I took this by accident, I mean, I did it on purpose of course, forgetting it wasn’t allowed.

Amateur photographer (and writer that I am), I'm never sure if I will catch the drops.  Success!

Amateur photographer (and writer that I am), I’m never sure if I will catch the drops. Success!

Blossoms, in previous years visits, its either been too hot or cold.

Blossoms, in earlier years visits, it’s either been too hot or cold.

I was glad to see efforts made to preserve these historical masterpieces.  Protection of the silk carpets, no photography with flash.

I was glad to see efforts made to preserve these historical masterpieces. Protection of the silk carpets, no photography with flash.

 Sultan Ahmed Mosque..playing around with a color app!  Hope I don't rot in someone's hell for desecration.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque..playing around with a color app! Hope I don’t rot in someone’s hell for desecration.

Istanbul 2012, Cold Winter Day

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Istanbul 2012, Cold Winter Day

Though it was crisp (cold)! day…the light and feeling of Istanbul was magic!  Though there is no picture, one of the highlights of a trip to Istanbul, is the ritual of hammam.

Stars of Twelve
Dozen Arches
Whispers of Ancient giggles and gossips echoing in my mind as I steam…
Stripped to skin and bones….
Amidst the bubbles.

See if you can imagine it!