I've been working for several weeks here in Nashville on a video project! While I'm based in Michiana, I do travel for work. It's been a great experience working on this project, more details coming in the future!
Spent several weeks in Istanbul. It's such a huge city and so many people! It's quite incredible. I had never been in a mosque before and here there were mosques in just about every corner! Of course, it was the capital of the Ottoman Empire so they had some of the most distinguished mosques here too. This is the Hagia Sofiya, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul and was originally built by Constantine before the Ottomans transformed it into a mosque. The details inside the mosque are quite impressive! Here we have Byzantine art in the Hagia Sofiya mosque. It's been turned into a museum now so people can freely visit it. Night view, I think this is the New Mosque from one of the bridges in Istanbul. Follow me on Instagram @joesadventures for more photos from my trip!
Traveling through Turkey, we stopped by Ephesus, the ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor. It was incredible walking through the ruins and seeing just how much emphasis the Romans put into architecture, sculpture, their columns and temples. Truly a spectacular sight! Sadly, I lost nearly all of my images of my Turkey and Israel trip due to a damaged hard drive. These photos I had copied to my parent's laptop. They came with me for this part of the trip! Ephesus in its heyday must have been rather spectacular. Walking through the ruins, we were able to get just a glimpse as to what the city was like. This city used to be a port city but the ocean receded. Along with powerful earthquakes that destroyed large parts of the city, the fact that it was no longer a port city was part of the reason why people left. Here is the theater, which was their form of television. Can
I recently had the opportunity to visit Israel! It was an incredible experience. It was particularly special because my parents also came along as part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration :) We toured the Holy Land and learned a lot about history, wars, conflicts, and why there's so much turmoil in the Middle East. The photo above is a sunrise over the Dead Sea. Swimming in it felt like swimming in oily water, almost had like a sticky film to it because of the salt. But it was pretty cool, of course I had to taste it a little bit to see just how salty it was. And yes it was super salty! We stayed in a hotel with this as our view. An amazing experience! Ceaseara was a port city built to honor Caesar by King Herod. Of course, he was crafty politician so he needed to kiss up if he wanted to stay in good terms with
We arrived in the evening. The bus ride was actually quite nice and the scenery was just amazing! Bosnia is a really beautiful country. Reminded me of Bolivia, Virginia and Pennsylvania all mixed into one. The mountains were beautiful, the roads were very smooth, and the views were just amazing. Anyway, we finally arrived only to find out that the bus station was not actually in Sarajevo! So during the trip I had been talking to my two Italian friends (in my previous post I explained how we barely made it on the bus and the bus driver was just being mean and we weren't able to communicate with him) Usually everyone is so nice but this guy was just not in a good mood or something. Anyway, getting on the bus in Belgrade I was hot, sweaty, hadn't shaved in a couple of days and was generally a mess. I had run the mad dash trying to find an