The busy Bosporus strait separating Europe and Asia is becoming quiet as daylight is coming to a close.
It foreshadows that day is turning into night . . . . . . and when morning comes again, it will be a new day.
The search for images of benches has led me back to the photos of Turkey, in particular, those taken in the quiet gardens of the Dolmabache Palace by the Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul.
As no photos were allowed to be taken within the palace so once outside the palace building and out into the garden, we took whatever photos we found interesting including a gate to the palace garden.
The top part of the arch gate was highly ornamental, the details really got me interested.
The visit to the garden was just unforgettable!
This week, Alisa’s challenge on her blog Where’s My Backpack is Travel Theme: Walls
A wall is a vertical structure, usually solid, that defines and sometimes protects an area. Most commonly, a wall to a building protects its inhabitants from wind, snow, rain and even fire. Other walls, like the Great Wall of China, are a defense which keeps the enemies out and protects the people within the wall boundary.
When walls serve as a protection, their functions are fulfilled. Sometimes, walls like the Berlin walls, are not made for protection. They are seen as restraints to freedom.
We are fascinated by walls of different kinds and have taken photos of some of them in our travels. The collection of photos below, however, has not included building interior walls, curtain walls, boundary walls and retaining walls.
We were fortunate to have included Split, Croatia in our itinerary. While many houses have limestone walls with smooth surfaces, for a change, the wall of the house below is built of rugged stones jutting out.
The walk up on top of the Dubrovnik seawalls was just breathtaking. The photo below shows the zig-zag walls with a magnificent view of the sea and an island where Richard The Lion Heart have landed and resided.
While the above walls are all of early construction, the photo below shows a modern building in Estonia, the Baltic area which is cladded in metal which seem to have rusted. It appears that the rust on the wall surface protects the underlying layer from further rusting.
Near Cappadocia, Turkey we saw the wall below which forms part of the buildings which served as accommodation for the early traders and merchants. The design is quite different from the walls we saw in Europe.
Late last year, we walked the MiuTianYu section of the Great Wall, China and were awed by the beauty and the length of the wall. There is a Chinese saying that unless one has walked the Great Wall, one cannot claim to be strong.
I am glad that Alisa has raised this theme. Given the many photos that I want to include, my first reaction was to split them into two posts. On finish drafting this post, I think I have done the right thing to include all photos in one post as otherwise, it would be much less interesting.
Travel theme: Circles is this week’s theme in ”Where’s my backpack?”
A circle is a reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end.
Circles are a two-dimensional concept. Many of the things we see, however, are three-dimensional – a dome, a sphere, a ball etc but intelligent people like Einstein can even visualize the fourth dimension. Einstein once said the following to help people visualize the fourth dimension - Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, twist it into a sphere, and punch through the space .. .
I was fascinated by the many circles inside the Blue Mosque, Turkey. Entering the Blue Mosque in Istanbul I was surrounded by an array of circles. Built in the 17th century, it has one of the world’s largest dome of 27.5 meters diameter, in addition to four smaller domes and 30 even smaller domes.
The huge dome hover above me, with suspended chandeliers that follow their shape only a few meters from the ground. The endless lamps, hanging on their endless chains and hovering in great circles above my head, are miracles in their own right.
After seeing all these domes, arches, circle of lights in the Blue Mosque, I must admit I still do not have the faintest idea of what Einstein meant by the fourth dimension. I only knew that I have stepped back in time. . . . . I have been thrown into a space where circles and light predominate and was awed by them.
While travelling in Turkey, we came across this natural big hole filled with fresh water. The size is amazingly big when compared to the two men standing near the edge or the flock of white birds flying over the water. Could it have been a crater of an extinct volcano? we don’t know. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . …….
It was awe-inspiring to visit the land of fairies, Cappadocia. … for its seemingly extraterrestrial landscape and underground cities.
The land of fairies is in a small area in Central Turkey which has a unique, almost surreal, landscape. This area is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travelling to Cappadocia is a lesson which teaches you what mother nature can do to the earth. It is also a dreamy journey into physical geography and geology.
Past volcanic activities formed a plateau of ash and the strange, rugged rock formations were created by the forces of erosion. These formations are known as “fairy chimneys” as the early inhabitants of the region believed that humans could not have built them, and as fairies lived underground, they must be the chimneys sticking out.
The unusual structures were created through erosion of rain, wind and temperature fluctuations. Various forms of rock formations such as cones were formed as the softer ash layers eroded faster than the harder layers of basalt which remained on top capping the conical structures underneath.
The tuff ash was easy to work with primitive tools and many cave dwellings and churches were cut into the cones and valley walls.
Starting 1968 when Eric Van Daniken, in his book “Chariots of the Gods”, alluded to the idea of aliens presence on earth, authors have suggested that Cappadocia may have been formed as a result of a nuclear war waged by extraterrestrials in the area. It was also quipped that part of Star Wars was filmed with this area as a backdrop.
Yes, we can stretch our imagination as much as we can. However, I rather want to leave Cappadocia with a memory that it is a land of fairies, not wars.