PhotoPOSTcard: Colorful Houses in Istanbul

Not far from the famous Chora Church Museum in Istanbul are the colorful Balat and Fener neighborhoods. With funds from UNESCO, the colorful houses in this historic district of Istanbul, where Greeks and Jews once called home, are being restored and the area revitalized.

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Rose

 

PhotoPOSTcard: Another Perspective on the Sheikh Zayed Mosque

What a difference lighting can make in a photo. This is the same location as the previous post, the entrance to the Sheikh Zayed mosque; but this time, it is at the end of the day as the sun is setting behind the domes. I loved the symmetry – only one example of many at this amazing place.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi

I have seen many beautiful religious buildings around the world, and after my recent visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, it has become one of my favorites. I was like a kid in a candy store photographing it, but honestly, I don’t think you can take a bad picture of it from any angle. My challenge was to try and get some unique perspectives as well as the usual shots. This photo is looking through the main entrance into the mosque.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: The Colorful Dhows on Dubai Creek

Most of the dhows on Dubai Creek looked a little worse for wear, like the one on the left. I am sure all the resources and energy go into loading and transporting goods. One of the exceptions, was the dhow on the right which really stood out with its freshly painted exterior, showing the true colors and details of what a dhow should be. I especially liked how the hanging laundry coordinate so well with the colors of the painted trim on the dhow.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: A Frame on Downtown Dubai

Dubai’s newest (for now) big attraction is a 300 foot tall picture frame. After walking through displays showing old Dubai, an elevator whisks you up to the top where you get panoramic views of old Dubai on one side and new, downtown Dubai on the other. The elevator then whisks you back down to displays of a fantastic future Dubai.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: All that Glitters IS Gold in Dubai

Another unique Dubai experience is to wander around the Gold Souq area along Dubai Creek. The window displays are full of extravagantly large gold pieces. For most of us it is about window shopping, but for some, it is about buying.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Traditional Abras on Dubai Creek

Taking a traditional abra ride across Dubai Creek from one side to the other is probably the most authentic and least expensive Dubai experience you can have. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: Traditional Abras on Dubai Creek”

PhotoPOSTcard: A Glimpse of Old Dubai

New Dubai is shiny and high tech. But along the Dubai Creek you can still get an occasional glimpse of Old Dubai. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: A Glimpse of Old Dubai”

PhotoPOSTcard: Joy to the Fishes in the Deep Blue Sea

“Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me”

From the song “Joy to the World” by Three Dog NIght

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PhotoPOSTcard: A Date With Chihuly in Dubai

It is no secret that I love the work of master glass artist Dale Chihuly. So I will admit that the Palm Atlantis Chihuly sculpture in Dubai was, in part, one of the reasons I wanted to stay there. The combination sculpture-fountain is about 30 ft. tall and is made up of 3000 individually hand blown glass pieces. The sculpture took about two years to complete. It certainly is the show stopping centerpiece to an otherwise stunning hotel lobby.

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Rose