I immediately came down with the worst cold virus that I can remember having for most of my adult life. I don't usually get sick, but this one got me. So the next 3 weeks were a blur while trying to reconnect with the 10 hour time zone difference and ponder what all I had experienced. Mostly I pondered how absolutely congested I was and then the days swung on into Christmas. Though we had no problems or feelings of danger in Istanbul, I became aware of a slight oppressive feeling about Istanbul once we arrived in Athens. Perhaps it was because I immediately related to many of the things I came in contact with in Greece. The food, the religion, and Istanbul was more foreign, i did not quite know what to expect with many of their customs.
I have my images from Istanbul and our brief time of 2 nights in Athens. I loved the mosques and markets of Istanbul, especially the spice markets, the music, the food and the coffee and chatting with the people was especially interesting to get their perspective on life in general. Though it was late Fall and the weather had turned to a bit of wind and rain, we still enjoyed our time, especially thankful that our agenda was a lot of walking and touring inside fabulous buildings.
Athens was a welcome respite, with the temperature about 10 degrees warmer. Olive trees, blue skies, friendly people, great food, beautiful ocean, ancient Greek temples. I could go on and on. I would love to return to Greece. My little sampler weekend was not enough.
Travel opens up your vision and attitudes. Its a wonderful past time as a photographer to be given an opportunity to study other cultures and interpret what I am seeing through photographs.