Turkey- 12 Favorites
03.27.2012 10:00PM

Over nine days in Turkey - from the central mountainous region of Cappadocia to the ancient ruins of Ephesus and finally through the bustling city which connects East and West, Istantbul - I took 1,081 photographs. Since I returned on Sunday evening, I have whittled the total down to 70-something to share on the blog. Today I'll start with twelve favorites which encompass the entirety of the trip. Later galleries will be more focused on singular areas/events/subjects. I'll provide captions so you know exactly where to go and what to see when you manage to get to Turkey, because I highly recommend you go. From out of the world rock formations to marvelous mosques and tons of meat on a spit, Turkey has something for everyone (well except vegetarians - like I said, lots of meat). Over the course of the next few days, I hope the photos I feature virtually transport you to Turkey.

A view to the Blue Mosque through a 2nd story window from the Hagia Sophia (b. 537).

The exquisitely decorated interior of the Blue Mosque (b. 1616).

A fiery Sun sets over Istanbul.

A view from Asia at dusk of the many minarets which tower over Istanbul.

A hot air balloon floats over the exotic rock formations of Cappadocia.

A hot air balloon rises high above the clouds over Cappadocia.

A snowstorm (background) begins to envelope a rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia.

On the road toward Mount Erciyes during sunset.

A rock-cut temple at a monastery in Cappadocia.

The 5th century "Shock" church encountered hiking through the Red Valley (story to follow).

The restored ruins of the Library at Ephesus.

Many Turkish treats for sale at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
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