|Istanbul, In front of the Blue Mosque|
We feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to travel as much as we do. When we got married almost eight years ago, we set some goals for ourselves and for our marriage. Travel was at the top of our list and dare I say, we've been successful in fulfilling this on-going goal thus far. Travel is a bug we can't quite shake and it's something that draws us closer together, puts life in perspective and provides us with a greater sense of global responsibility and understanding. I can honestly say that Turkey is the most eye-opening trip that we have had and stirred feelings in me that I didn't know existed.
|Delicious and fresh food|
Throughout our seventeen day trip, we did our best to absorb the rich culture, interact with the Turkish people, and indulge in the fresh and flavorful food (can you say baklava!). The weather couldn't have been better and we left feeling that we had truly experienced as much of Turkey as our bodies could physically handle.
|Hotair balloon ride above Cappadoccia|
|What you can't hear are the whistles he's getting!|
|The extremely turbulent Bosphorous River fish boat|
|In front of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul|
|Pamukkale (it's actually hot water and calcium deposits that look like snow)|
I have a lot of other thoughts that I'd love to write about but perhaps at a later date. Some of the topics I hope to explore further are:
- The role of women in Turkish society - their oppression was palpable
- The role of the Muslim faith in Turkey - and how this influenced us, as Christians - - particularly during the call to prayer (5x's/day)
- On a lighter note - the FOOD = delicious
- The history - incredible and moving
- The nightlife - particularly in Istanbul and Antalya