|The Wedding Feast at Cana|
|The Code of Hammurabi|
But, in the end, I clearly saw them, and that realization was so overwhelming that I cried.
So, when my search for plane tickets to the U.S. turned up the chance to stop in Istanbul and see Hagia Sophia, yet another item that made my Bucket List, thanks to Fine Arts, I jumped at the chance (plust the $1,000 cost reduction from what I'd been looking at beforehand).
The results were two new friends I made on the plane and coerced into joining me, an invitation to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and THIS:
|Entering Istanbul at sunrise|
|My first glimpse of Hagia Sophia|
|Alman Çeşmesi (German Fountain)|
|Hagia Sophia again|
|The ceiling of one of the mausoleums in Hagia Sophia|
|A beautifully spirited street vendor|
At this point, I would say that Istanbul is neck and neck with Mainz for my favorite city that I've visited. I would surely love to try living here sometime. What a breath of fresh air to start out my journey!