Straddling two continents and over 2000 years of history, there is no other place like Istanbul. With its friendly locals, delicious food and incredible architecture, it is one of my favorite global cities to visit and photograph. So, along with my favorite 25 images, here is my love letter to beautiful Istanbul.
Since the age of 9, I have always wanted to see Istanbul. When I emigrated to the USA from Romania with my parents in the summer of 1970, our flight was rerouted through Istanbul to pick up more passengers. I don’t exactly remember what that 9 year old saw out of the plane window, but it left a lasting impression.
Once again, for the fourth year in a row NATJA has recognized my work with awards for both writing and photography.
The 2020 NATJA competition was especially competitive since there was no longer a distinction between print and online categories. So this year, I was going head to head with writers and photographers from long established publications like the Washington Post, the New York Times and Conde Nest Traveler, which makes these awards all that much more meaningful to me.
Here are the links to this year’s winning entries:
I planned our 10 day Israel and Jordan itinerary around my most important criteria: spending two days in Petra. A visit to the Petra Archeological site was high on my travel bucket list and I wanted to have plenty of time to take in this ancient wonder.
A ten day trip to Jordan and Israel was definitely not going to be enough time to see all that these two history rich countries had to offer, but that was all the time we had. So I prioritized what I wanted to see and built my itinerary around this, adding in time to get from one place to another.
The Petra Archeological site is quite large. To help tourists get around, the local Bedouin offer donkey rides from one place to another. This can be especially helpful for some of the hikes that involve a lot of climbing. The donkeys are sure footed and don’t have any trouble climbing the many stairs. At the end of the day, the owners ride their donkeys home, and like other commuters all over the world, talk on their cell phone to pass the time.
After spending two days in Petra, I am sharing my Petra photography tips so that you too can have memorable images of your once in a lifetime experience regardless of whether you are using a fancy camera or your smart phone.
Petra was at the top of my travel bucket list for a long time so I was thrilled when I finally had the chance to visit this world famous sight in Jordan.
The Treasury is its most recognizable landmark but there is so much more to see inside Petra. A 2 day Petra itinerary gave me plenty of time to explore the mysteries of Jordan’s most popular sight at a leisurely pace and satisfied my Petra photography itch. Most importantly though, 2 days in Petra also gave me the time to experience Petra by night.
Read on to discover all there is to see inside the “Rose City”, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. I am sharing all my Petra visit experiences as well as all my best Petra photos to inspire and to help you plan your own trip to this unique historic wonder.
I can’t resist a pretty scarf and I usually end up bringing one home from my travels. This colorful collection was on display on the trail up to the Monastery at the Petra Archeological Site in Jordan. The trail was a little over a mile and included 800 steps. If you have to huff and puff as you are going up hill, it’s nice to have pretty things to look at.