in other words, a nice, unfocused post to ease myself back into the frenzy of the blogosphere once more!
taken at sunset in greece.
hi everyone! i've missed you indeed. my month of frenetic summer traveling has come to an end and though i'm a little sad to not be packing my bags for another trip, i'm excited to be home and connected again.
for those of you who don't know, i've been in greece and then istanbul for the past few weeks. greece i've been to many times and even lived there for a few years when i was younger, but istanbul marks the furthest east i've ever traveled. and it was glorious i tell you, GLORIOUS!
it's massive, with the most perfect placement imaginable (those byzantines definitely knew a thing or two about city placement, they must have played a lot of Civilization on their laptops =P) and it's gorgeous. it's such an interesting place because it still retains a prominent christian/byzantine element alongside the islamic element. and if you're anything like me, you will love that juxtaposition of different religions and cultures.
the people are wonderful and kind, there are tons of awe-inspiring sites to see, there are mosques everywhere and they are gorgeous, the entire city is infested with the friendliest cats on earth, they have delicious meat dishes and sweets, buying ice cream is a show, the bazaars are crazy fun and it feels so cool to haggle yourself a good deal, the streets are great to walk, the entire city is steeped in history and interesting facts, there are tons of cool museums to see, and smoking hookah while playing backgammon with locals happens easily and is a wonderfully fun time. from the fashion perspective, it was all about accessories for me. i don't mean buying fake louis vuittons for 20 euros. i was really into the locally created designs and craftsmanship. the jewelry is beautiful and most of what you'll buy (if you're smart and careful) is handcrafted or at very least made in turkey. you can leave there with wonderful authentic pieces that you can't readily find elsewhere that add a new flair to your wardrobe.
and with that, here are some snapshots to tide you over while i work on my proper istanbul post, which, is something new that i've never done on vogue gone rogue before. are you enticed?! =)
matt and i play backgammon while smoking hookah. i'm trying to figure out my next move here...
matt proving, once again, that his lung capacity far surpasses mine.
lovely hookah. grand and glorious.
some of the locals.
some of the things i learned at the 1001 islamic inventions exhibit...
while the rest of the world was experiencing "dark ages," the period between the 8th and 13th centuries is considered a golden age for islamic societies.
watermill and windmill technology to produce clean sustainable energy was used in islamic societies as early as the 13th century.