One of Wendy’s favorite aspects of the trip to Turkey and Greece in October 2010 was the artwork—fine arts to folk arts to utilitarian and crafts. There were such lovely details all the places she visited, in many different media: Iznik tiled walls or ceramics, carved stone, painted domed ceilings and arches, street signs, floor […]
The Walleighs’ first trip to Europe since 2004 was to Turkey and Greece, the heart of the old Ottoman aka Byzantium Empire. Any invader within thousands of miles of Turkey conquered it. Turkey’s diversity is especially impressive because for the most part, all religions are still tolerated–a shining example for both Europe and the Middle East, which Turkey straddles! Greece was nice, pretty, and had good food but Turkey was EXOTIC and fascinating. Rick and Wendy were impressed by how the three major religions seemed to get along for so many centuries, except during the Crusades, and ostensibly still do today. So there are multiple web pages that reflect the artistic, cultural, and religious diversity they enjoyed in these travels. Wendy’s favorite things from this trip were in Turkey: Iznik tiles and ceramics, Istanbul’s Rustem Pasha Mosque and Kapadokya’s Fairy Chimneys.