Daily Archives: August 1, 2011

UNESCO World Heritage Site #142: Historic Areas of Istanbul

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UNESCO World Heritage Site #142: Historica Areas of Istanbul

UNESCO World Heritage Site #142: Historica Areas of Istanbul

From the World Heritage inscription:

With its strategic location on the Bosphorus peninsula between the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul has been associated with major political, religious and artistic events for more than 2,000 years. Its masterpieces include the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, the 6th-century Hagia Sophia and the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque, all now under threat from population pressure, industrial pollution and uncontrolled urbanization.

I don’t even know where to begin talking about Istanbul. It has quickly become one of my favorite cities in the world. There are several world heritage sites (Rome, Paris, Prague) where everything in the city is lumped together because there could be multiple sites which would merit listing otherwise. Istanbul is one of those cities. The Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and many other places would justify inclusion as world heritage sites on their own merits. Istanbul is truly one of the great cities of the world.

View my complete list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Monday’s Links for Curious People: Wisconsin Edition

Posted by on August 1, 2011

Travel Update

After four months in Europe and Western Canada and a stopover last week in New York, I’m back in Wisconsin to spend some time with my mother and try to catch up on all the writing and photo editing I wasn’t able to do while I was traveling. I counted approximately 5,800 photos in my queue when I started and I’m down to about 5,000 now. I’m going to try and just do a few hundred every day until I’m caught up. In the past I’ve tried to do everything in a few days and that isn’t much fun.

Because I’m in Wisconsin, I’m also able to work on my 27″ iMac. I purchased it last year when my father was in the hospital but I seldom get to use it when I’m traveling. Working with a monitor this size and with a much faster computer is a fundamentally different experience than working on my laptop. The laptop is fine for some things like writing, but it is horrible for editing photos.

Today also marks a new chapter in Everything Everywhere. I’ve decided to reboot how I go about running my website and how I balance travel and work. Starting today you will be seeing more posts from me as well as from select other people. I’m really excited and have been busy the last few days getting ready.

I’ll be in Wisconsin for a few weeks before I head out again. I’ll probably head to Minnesota to attend the State Fair and see some of my friends. I have no idea where I’ll be heading after that yet.