323 Photos - Aug 1, 2011
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One of the cities I visited only briefly and still fell in love with was Istanbul.  This photo is from my first night there. I was alone in taking a cab from the airport, and glimpsed something enormous out the car window as I neared my hotel.

I checked in, took 30 minute nap and went outside and strolled in the direction I thought I saw something interesting.  The city was utterly silent. Two-storey buildings blocked my view of anything large until I rounded a corner.

Then, one of the most magnificent buildings I'd ever seen, loomed on the hill right in front of me.  It felt like something out of Tolkien. Around the dome and spires glided enormous white birds, with wingspans that had to rival the great albatross.  They darted and swooped, but with grace, around each other.  Not dancing together, but in some grand scheme that it seemed I could figure out if I watched long enough.

I had a vague understanding that it was a religious building, but the only numinous feeling I got all week was in watching those birds soar.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: