I don’t aspire to be a luxury traveler. I’m happy to travel with my family within a conservative budget, flying in economy class and staying at clean, comfortable, mid-range hotels. Actually, since we started traveling with our children, more often than not we have chosen to stay in self-catered rentals which have spanned the luxury spectrum. The […]
The theme for this week’s #JAchat is “street photography”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: the first question is, “What are the best cities for street photography?” I didn’t have to think on this very long to come up with my answer; it is Istanbul. At any given time of day […]
Who doesn’t love Fridays? I mean, there are so many reasons to look forward to the end of the week and one of those reasons, for me, is #FriFotos. This week’s theme is URBAN. So let’s have a look at some of my favorite cities in the world, shall we? I could go on and […]
Miss me? I’ve returned from my little hiatus to put together a small collection of some of my favorite views from around the world, in honor of this week’s #FriFotos.
It’s incredible to think that one year ago this week, The Working Dad (my husband, Mark) and I were preparing to take off for Istanbul to celebrate our ten-year wedding anniversary. I’m amazed that: a) time has flown by so quickly, and b) that Mark and I made it another year! Seriously, though, in the […]
In the middle of the road, a photo by Francesca… on Flickr. In the middle of the road, a street scene.
No, I didn’t travel for an entire year for free. And, no, I didn’t get to go on any press trips. But I did take three remarkable trips with my family, mostly for free. How did you do it? I almost feel silly admitting this, but I won these trips. I entered just about every […]
Figuring out the public transit system in Istanbul is not as daunting as it might seem at first. True, I was quite overwhelmed during my first day or two in Istanbul, and my unfamiliarity with the transit system had a little something to do with it. But once we got the hang of it, the […]
This is one of those accidental pictures – well, maybe not accidental, but one you thought wouldn’t ever turn out. There is a line of windows in Hagia Sophia that face the Blue Mosque. Plenty of people stopped there to take photos. Problem was, I’m too short to see through the windows. So, I just […]
It started out rather strangely, actually, when we were served French fries with breakfast at our hotel. Maybe that’s common in Istanbul but we didn’t get French fries when we had breakfast elsewhere in the city. So that was the first thing. Then later on that morning, a seagull massively shat all over my husband. I told him […]