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Monthly Archives: December 2004

Finland Diary

by Jim Forest May 8, 1998 / New Valamo Monastery There’s thunder in the distance and a waterfall-like roar all around the building. I’ve opened the window — three layers of glass — just to better hear and feel it. It’s cool outside but not freezing, though there is snow here and there on the […]

Istanbul Journal – Bright Friday and Saturday

2 May, Bright Friday We woke early and taxied to the ferry in time to catch the 9:15 ferry for passage to the Princes Islands in the Sea of Marmara. The weather was sunny and cool, but it promised to be perfect weather for a day outdoors. We passed the three smaller islands and after […]

Istanbul Journal – Bright Wednesday and Thursday

30 April, Bright Wednesday We found a fruit and vegetable street market had been set up along the White Moustache Street. On each stand the display of vegetables was a work of art. Then we went to the Museum of Archeology, an amazing collection of ancient pieces beautifully lit and exhibited. The sarcophagi from Sidon […]

Istanbul Journal – Bright Monday and Tuesday

28 April, Bright Monday We agreed with Shannon to do separate things today as this was her last day and she had to find gifts for various people, both relatives and colleagues. We had breakfast, then walked to the outer courtyard of Topkapi Palace. The Archeology Museum was closed but a sarcophagus (early Byzantine?) near […]

Istanbul Journal – Pascha

27 April – Pascha We went out for breakfast with Shannon to break the Lenten fast. Shannon, having eaten almost nothing since yesterday afternoon, longed for something resembling an American breakfast, but also didn’t want to spend a lot of money. We searched and searched, asking several people where we could find an American breakfast. […]

Istanbul Journal – Holy Saturday

26 April, Holy Saturday Shannon came over and we walked toward the Topkapi Palace complex whose many buildings fill the eastern heights of the old city just beyond Hagia Sophia, all within its own set of ancient walls. Before entering the gate we walked along the outside of the wall where we noticed a promising […]

Istanbul Journal – Good Friday

25 April, Good Friday We had breakfast with Shannon, then walked back to the Hippodrome where we were hounded by postcard sellers and various venders, the first of many similar experiences. We walked through the Blue Mosque courtyard again and went on to Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), the world’s largest building for many centuries and […]

Istanbul Journal – Holy Thursday

by Jim & Nancy Forest 24 April 2003, Holy Thursday [Istanbul photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimforest/sets/166648/ ] Are we in Istanbul? Or Constantinople? Winston Churchill had no doubt it was the latter. As he wrote in a memo to the Foreign Office on the 23rd of April 1945: “I do not consider that names that have been familiar […]