June 12, 2010

Two photos taken in the Beyo─člu district.  

1. The view from Galata Tower.

2.  How to wash your dog.  
Step one: Go to a car wash. 
Step two: Attach your dog, using a leash, to a hook on the wall.
Step three: Shampoo your dog.
Step four: Hose your dog clean. 

June 11, 2010

At Topkapi Palace Museum.

June 10, 2010

The Hagia Sopha.  Surely one of the most breathtaking spaces ever built. 

E. got this kid's permission for a photo.  We wish we knew the story. 

June 9, 2010

On June 8 we said goodbye to E's parents and their friends.  They headed back to the U.S.  We hopped on a train to Vienna.  The next morning we hopped on an airplane, and several hours later we landed in Istanbul.

I quickly lost track of which mosque was which (they look remarkably similar), but I believe this was outside the New Mosque.  What caught my eye here was the contrast between the beautiful blue tiles, and the pile of junk.  There's a metaphor for Istanbul lurking there, I suspect.

June 7, 2010

Prague Astronomical Clock, with Segway

June 6, 2010

I'm having trouble picking just one photo for this day, so I'm cheating.  

After some further sightseeing in Berlin, E. and I, her parents, and their friends hopped on a train and headed toward Prague.  June 6 was our first full day of sightseeing there.  Here we are on the funicular on Petrin Hill. 

We had lunch in a local pub, The Hippopotamus.  If if you should ever need to entertain your in-laws in a far-away place, I recommend large pieces of roasted meat.

Everything about the cathedral is beautiful, but this window by Mucha is exquisite.

June 4, 2010

(Continued from May 28, 2010.)

After a quick visit to Bonn, we put my parents-in-law on a train to Mainz, where they joined a guided tour that looped through southern Germany, and then through eastern Germany, culminating in Berlin.  Ah yes, Berlin, where E. and I were camped out.

On June 4 we took them and their biking in Potsdam, which was fairly hilarious given that two of the four couldn't ride bikes.  We rented tandems for the occasion, including this heavy, old oddity.