Exploring the ‘Other’ Mosques of Istanbul

The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet) & Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) are well-known and are part of the traditional tour of Istanbul’s ancient sites. But there are many other mosques deserving a visit. Here’s an overview of my favorites, over 20 years of visits to this city. Sültan Rustem Pasha Mosque is an Ottoman mosque near the Grand… Continue reading Exploring the ‘Other’ Mosques of Istanbul

The Rest of Istanbul – What You Missed on Your 1st Day Tour

I always spend few extra days in Istanbul While our itineraries cover the major sites in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul, there are many other attractions in this fascinating city. I always spend few extra days in Istanbul. Here are some of our favorites: Walkable from Sultanahmet Great Palace Mosaic Museum The museum is located… Continue reading The Rest of Istanbul – What You Missed on Your 1st Day Tour

Walking Through History – Georgia & Turkey 2023

We explore traditional and classical sites and seldom visited areas.  Originally scheduled for spring 2020, we’re offering these tours starting in April 2023, dependent on pandemic conditions. There are 4 segments which can be combined: Georgia and Northeastern Turkey Southeastern Turkey Lycian Coast light hiking Cappadocia light hiking These can be combined for trips of… Continue reading Walking Through History – Georgia & Turkey 2023

Washington’s Crossing – The 1776 Trenton Campaign

by David Hackett Fischer An invading force gets bogged down while fighting an insurgency. While it could be ripped from today’s headlines, this is actually a book about the American Revolution.  This is an impressive work on many levels.  It’s an excellent history of George Washington’s first year as commander of the Continental army.  It… Continue reading Washington’s Crossing – The 1776 Trenton Campaign

Bernard Cornwell’s The Fort: Revolutionary War Expedition

In July 1779, the Penobscot Expedition, a minor event in Revolutionary War history, took place. That year, the British were drawn to the Penobscot peninsula (Castine) for several reasons: because of its potential as a Loyalist refuge, because of its timber for the King’s navy, and because of its strategic naval position and coastal trade.… Continue reading Bernard Cornwell’s The Fort: Revolutionary War Expedition