PhotoPOSTcard: Sunrise over the Boshphorus

Just want to share a few more of my favorite photos from my past trips to Istanbul. I am NOT a morning person, but, for a beautiful sunrise photo I will make the effort. In this case, I was up at dawn to catch the sunrise over the Bosphorus while enjoying a traditional cup of Turkish tea. Many of the hotels in the historic Sultanahmet district have rooftop restaurants which makes it easy to get up early and enjoy the beautiful views.

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A Love Letter to Beautiful Istanbul

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.

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Two More NATJA Awards for Rose Palmer

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:

Silver – Luxury and Resort Travel

Boomer Adventure on a Burgundy Canal Barge Cruise

Silver – Photography – Portrait, People

Doing it for the Gram


Thank you NATJA for once again recognizing my work and thank you to everyone that continues to follow and read my blog. Here’s hoping to renewing all our travel adventures again this year.


Tips for an Independent 10 Day Israel and Jordan Itinerary

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.

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Ancient Petra – A City of Mysteries in Black and White

Petra has been described as a city of mysteries and nothing accentuates that more than seeing it in black and white.

The ancient city of Petra is Jordan’s premier historical site and also the country’s most visited tourist destination. It is also a popular photography subject.

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PhotoPOSTcard: The Petra Commute

donkey rider in Petra

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.

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13 Petra Photography Tips For All Skill Levels

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.

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