Istanbul photos

Abby striking a model pose; an interior shot of the Blue Mosque; the exterior of the Hagia Sophia. Leather Islamic medallions and balcony inside the Hagia Sophia; a mosaic inside the Hagia Sophia; the Baghdad Pavilion of Topkapi Palace. Galata Tower; a garbage scow on the Bosphorus; Yoros Castle at Anadolu Kavagi on the Black Sea. Abby at Yoros Castle; the Ortoköy Mosque at sunset; boy carrying eggs through the market at night. A fruit seller; spices at the Spice Bazaar; a fast food joint.

Istanbul

Abby and I just came back from a five-day stay in Istanbul, where we celebrated Abby’s 40th birthday. Our hotel was located just behind the Blue Mosque; in fact, I chose the hotel based on the view, and it was lovely to eat breakfast on the terrace, gazing at the mosque in one direction and the Bosphorus in the other. Unfortunately, what I hadn’t considered when I booked the hotel was that if we could see the mosque, we would also hear the 5.37 AM call to prayer every morning blaring from the more than 30 speakers hung on the…