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I just came back from an amazing journey in Istanbul, Turkey...where East meets West! Istanbul is the only city in the world that sits in two continents.

I got up early on the first day of my trip to capture this sunrise over the Blue Mosque. Istanbul’s most famous building was the project of Sultan Ahmet. It features multiple domes, six minarets and blue Iznik tiles in the interior which give the building its famous name.

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One morning I woke up in Europe and then spent the rest of the afternoon in Asia! Only in Istanbul!

This is a famous landmark in Istanbul called the Maiden’s Tower. The name comes from a legend: the Byzantine emperor heard a prophecy telling him that his beloved daughter would die at the age of 18 by a snake. So he decided to put her in this tower built on a rock on the Bosphorus isolated from the land thus no snake could kill her. But she couldn't escape from her destiny after all, a snake hidden in a fruit basket brought from the city bit the princess and killed her.

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"The Old and the New"

While not the largest mosque in Istanbul, the Ortakoy Mosque is perhaps the most picturesque with its location along the Bosphorus waterfront. I chose this particular composition, with the modern Bosphorus Bridge in the background, to illustrate Istanbul’s contrast of the “old and new.”

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One of Istanbul's most recognized landmark, the Blue Mosque (officially known as the Sultanahmet Camii (Sultanahmet Mosque), features six slender minarets and inside blue İznik tiles adorn the interior, giving the building its unofficial name.

The reality of travel photography is that famous landmarks do not always live up to expectations. This is a view of the majestic courtyard of the Blue Mosque. As you can see there is construction going on, half the courtyard is not lit up and two of the minarets are not illuminated. Maybe they forgot to flip on the other light switches? LOL!

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I am back from my amazing journey from Istanbul, Turkey and I miss my daily dose of Turkish coffee and cai (Turkish tea).

This is Galata Tower which is located on the modern, European side of Istanbul. It was constructed in 1348 and can be seen throughout the city as this iconic structure dominates the city skyline.

You can climb to the top of the tower, but this is one attraction that is overpriced and crowded at all times. The crowds always snake around the base of the tower and is at a minimum a one hour wait to get in. As a result, I never did get to the top of the tower, but I managed this “blue hour” composition with very few people in the frame!

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