finding out why constantinople got the works

hadi byebye istanbul – noel için evimde geliyorum!

Posted in istanbul by jlm2dy on December 13, 2010

haydarpaşa railway station, not the way i’ll be leaving but you get the idea

this is the way i live, part 3

Posted in istanbul??? by jlm2dy on December 13, 2010

walking to cihangir to get my dry cleaning and hit the gym, i found a horse and buggy selling lemons?

writings on the wall

Posted in istanbul by jlm2dy on December 11, 2010

iznik / nicaea

Posted in iznik by jlm2dy on December 9, 2010


aya sofya – iznik style. ancient roman bricks (with carved out minaret) and christian frescoes

nicaean court to the left, mihrab to the right

iznik is home to the most wonderful blue tiles you’ll ever see – so they make sure to put them everywhere

the first ottoman mosque with a known architect from the late 14th century

hommage to ikametler

Posted in istanbul by jlm2dy on December 9, 2010


a celebration for the final round of residency permits, complete with wednesday market feast!
i will admit that those are my newly purchased leopard print pots and pans!!!!!!

this is the way i live, part 2

Posted in istanbul by jlm2dy on December 7, 2010

the view of a mimar sinan mosque and the bosphorus from my living room

meeting up with my favorites

Posted in istanbul??? by jlm2dy on December 6, 2010

stars in their respective countries, mimar sinan and palladio finally meet in istanbul.
this exhibit features vicenza models in an ottoman armory.

how many times did we say: “well, that was weird”?

Posted in greece, turkey by jlm2dy on December 5, 2010

church ruins + mosque

aimee + an exiled ottoman poet mannequin

oh, well there’s the turkish customs checkpoint + UN buffer zone + “cyprus”

andddd, now it’s a different country.

i’m just not sure that i could ever convey how bizarre this place is.

the turkish republic of northern cyprus

Posted in turkey by jlm2dy on December 5, 2010

the turkish republic of northern cyprus is located in the mediterranean, on a split island due to some high tension events in the 60s and 70s…long story short, the greeks and the turks do not get along, despite their cohabitation of the tiny island and walled capital city.

over the past few decades, things have calmed down, although the development between the “greek” nation of cyprus and the “turkish” republic is disparate – “cyprus” (the southern side, predominantly greek and is officially recognized by the UN) is a hot vacation spot for brits and europeans and feels pretty darn “modern”; “kibris” (the northern side, only recognized as a separate entity from “cyprus” by turkey, heavily funded by turkish government) is dilapidated, quiet, relatively undeveloped, ruinous and has a number of walled-off greek ghost towns.

both sides have lingering resentment about the constant conflicts.

old ottoman port, underdeveloped resort town and steep mountains

unsurprisingly, this beach club was abandoned in december, despite the 80 degree weather. went swimming anyway!

another view from the beach club, but this time with a huge memorial from the 1974 coup d’etat

another monument to the turkish soldiers in 1974, feeling some communist vibes here – but note the similarities between the turkish and kibris flags, one never seen without the other…

while in the city, i forgot about stars

Posted in turkey by jlm2dy on December 5, 2010

escaped to the turkish republic of northern cyprus for the weekend with friends.

more info about “cyprus” to come, but get excited to hear about an unrecognized nation-state, complete with divided capital city between pseudo-greeks and pseudo-turks, bizarre chotchkes and a ghost-town feel…