World House Hostel in Istanbul
3.8

WORLD HOUSE HOSTEL IN ISTANBUL

After being forced to move from our first hostel in Istanbul (police shut it down), we looked for an alternative that was close to the tourist attractions and in a safe neighborhood. World House Hostel was...
Europe, Travel, travel photography, Canon 5D Mark III, Photography, Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Golden Horn, Galata, Galata Bridge, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern,

HAGIA SOPHIA AND MORE

**SPOLIER ALERT: STOP READING IF YOU DON'T WANT ANY SPOILERS FROM DAN BROWN'S INFERNO! I couldn't stop turning the pages of Inferno, which is usually the case for anyone reading a Dan Brown book. Found in a...
Europe, Travel, travel photography, Canon 5D Mark III, Photography, Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Galata Tower, Golden Horn, Galata, Galata Bridge, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern,

TURKEY PHOTO GALLERY

After a bumpy start to our stay in Istanbul—our hostel was shut down by police due to a burglary and rioting right outside—we settled down with new friends and got to sightseeing. This historic city, a...
The Magic Bus, Istanbul

LAST RIDE ON THE MAGIC BUS

The closer we got to visiting Istanbul the more we read and worried about the continuing conflict in Syria, which by that point had reached the Turkish border. Our initial plans to travel east to visit such...
Europe, Travel, travel photography, Canon 5D Mark III, Photography, Santorini, Oia, Sunset, Greece, Perissa, Fira, Thera, Ancient Thera, Red Bull Art of Motion, Art of Motion,

GREECE PHOTO GALLERY

After a few days exploring Athens we took caught a nine-hour ferry ride to the island of Santorini where we finally found the rest and relaxation we were in great need of. Four months into this trip we happily...
Oia, Santorini

6 DAYS IN SANTORINI

I can't sit still for more than five minutes if it's a glorious day outside and there's trails to hike, walls to climb, bikes to ride, etc. So all that laying-around-in-sand nonsense that happens on beaches...
Pope Francis at the Vatican

TWO POPES IN ONE SQUARE

What do you get when two Popes enter a bar, I mean…St. Peter’s Square? I don’t know, I’m still trying to figure out the punchline. If you have a good one, comment below. Or read other funny...
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

ROME PHOTO GALLERY

With a little bit of good luck we ended up spending our first day in Italy at holy mass with Pope Francis and Andrea Bocelli in St. Peter's Square! We followed that with a busy few days visiting all the...
Magic Bus Hostel in Istanbul
1.9

MAGIC BUS HOSTEL IN ISTANBUL

It may not be worth doing a review for Magic Bus Hostel in Istanbul considering it was shut down by the police. It's a place we want to remember though, so here are some of the details about it. For a full...
Hotel Niki in Piraeus
4.4

HOTEL NIKI IN PIRAEUS

After a long ferry ride returning to Athens from Santorini, we stayed in Hotel Niki in Piraeus that was close by the ferry port. The ferry didn't arrive until well after midnight, so we thought it would be...
Europe, Travel, travel photography, Canon 5D Mark III, Photography, Barcelona, Spain, Travel in Spain, What to see in Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi,

NO SIESTAS IN BARCELONA

Whenever I thought of Spain, I would first think of siestas--the power naps of the Spaniards taken in the early afternoon. Before we visited Barcelona I thought this meant we would walk down quiet streets,...
Building castells in the streets of Barcelona, Spain

BARCELONA PHOTO GALLERY

A somewhat unplanned visit to Barcelona, thanks to a £1 Megabus ticket, left us madly in love with the Spanish city. During our stay—made possible by our friend Vita who put us up in her apartment—we...
Katerina and John Hotel in Santorini
4.6

KATERINA AND JOHN HOTEL IN SANTORINI

We had a lovely stay at Katerina and John Hotel in Perissa, which is on the Greek Island of Santorini. Katerina and John are the friendly owners who picked us up from the ferry terminal and their family helped...