It was early Saturday morning when a blast went through the air. We were out by the popular Sultanahmet square which is the center of the historic part of Istanbul. An attack had occurred here before as it is usually packed with tourists. However since it was early on Saturday, a lot of shops were still closed. The attack happened on Istiklal street, which is a really busy street. Usually on weekends and even during the week it's quite packed. There are all kinds of shops and basically where everyone goes to shop or walk around. The attacker was apparently targeting a group of Israeli tourists but got scared off when he was noticed by security personnel. Then he blew up. See how packed it is? And this is on a week night, not even a weekend! Fortunately, Saturday morning is the time when it's the least busy, as everyone has stayed up late on Friday night to party (except
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