Some snapshots from my recent June trip to Baku, Azerbaijan. I spent an afternoon wandering The Walled City of Baku, the archaic part of the city positioned on the edge of the Caspian Sea and surrounded by a 12th century wall. Continue reading “Baku, The Walled City”
Do you like a good ghost story? What about tales of Blackbeard and pirate duels? Civil War battle reenactments? Live music?
What are you waiting for? Visit Charleston already. Continue reading “Charleston Continued: Can’t Get Enough”
Last August, in the dead of summer, I took a weekend getaway to Charleston, South Carolina. As a proud “born and raised” Californian, this was one of my most authentic southern experiences to date. The hospitality was unrivaled. Continue reading “Weekend Getaway in Charleston, SC”
When I need a vacation but cannot get away, I find myself reminiscing on photos from the Greek Isles, from a trip I took in summer of 2014. (It’s time for another one).
I spent one day in Corfu Town, the city of motor scooters, sapphire-colored waters, and clotheslines dropped with brightly colored towels. Continue reading “Corfu Town, Greece”
I took an overnight train to Boston from Washington, DC (photos here), determined to take in as much history and culture in a 72 hour window as possible . Boston is a city rooted in rebellion and revolution, which is a continued source of pride. It is also the city of nicknames: Beantown (baked beans) , The City on a Hill (John Winthrop), The Hub (Oliver Wendell’s The Hub of the Universe), and America’s Walking City. Here are some suggestions for visiting the oldest city in America.
On the Road [or in my case, On the Tracks]. I took a long overnight train ride from Washington, DC to Boston, channeled my inner Jack Kerouac along the way.
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road
‘My name is “Mutlu” – it means happy in Turkish,’ my driver said to me, after presenting me with a gift. I had spent less than 60 minutes with him across two different days- Continue reading ““Mutlu- it means happy in Turkish””
2016, Year of Antithesis. The highs brought out the best of humanity- love, progress, and cooperation. But the lows- and there were many- illustrated the visceral ills of society. I choose to ring in the new year with thoughts for a productive and positive year ahead. I saw beautiful sights (Cherry Blossoms in my nation’s capital), traveled to new places near (Charleston) and far (Moscow), and learned stories from new friends. I am sharing four photos from four seasons.
I am a big fan of vantage points when exploring a city, whether it is a new or well-known location. It provides perspective and understanding of a city, its people, and its culture.
Here are some of my favorite “rooftop” shots. Continue reading “The View From Up Here”
I took a recent trip to Austin, Texas, which I briefly illustrated in my last post. A significant portion of my trip involved me stumbling across numerous beautiful murals throughout the city.
These eclectic murals capture the city’s diverse identity that has been shaped by it’s leading role as a hub for politics, education, and the arts. They express faith, identity, community, and mandates, like “SMILE! Even if you don’t want to.”