This morning I finished reading Dan Brown's
book, The Inferno. As in most of his books,
you are globe hopping with the main character
Robert Langdon. We started in Florence and
then Venice and ended up in Istanbul. That was
when it really got interesting for me because I was
there just a year ago. So, I thought I'd share some
of my photos so you could see what these places
actually look like. This is the Obelisk on the
Here is the Hagia Sophia at night as they
would have seen it.
And how it looks in the daytime.
The book describes the interior of the
Hagia Sophia accurately. I have studied
this building since I was a teenager...
...but words cannot prepare you for the
beauty you behold when you walk into
this space. It is something that must be
seen in person.
This is the ancient cistern of Istanbul,
known as Yerebatan Sarayi or sunken
palace. I stayed on this street when I
was in Istanbul and wondered what was
beneath my hotel.
The Head of Medusa in the cistern.
One of the spice shops of Istanbul.
When you travel, the places you visit become
a part of you. So, when you see those places
in the news or films or books you can put yourself
right in the action. You know the scents, you can
hear the sounds of the city, you have walked the
same streets and that is priceless. I read a quote
recently that said, "Travel is the only thing you buy
that makes you richer." ~ I agree!
Remember tonight... for it's the beginning of always.