Sunday, April 20, 2008


A big welcome to my blog, thanks for dropping by

On my way to Turkey I stayed in London for a very short visit. It was great to be back, see some close friends and London too. It was very cold! I went from 30 centigrade degrees in Singapore to 3! Ouch! It even snowed on me! Here I am with Jen, our dear friend in London looking as cold as I felt!

I hope you enjoy the was hard to keep the camera still, I was shaking so much...

I am leaving for a holiday in New Zealand next weekend so it will be 3 weeks before I upload again. Do come back then



Birch trees outside the Tate Modern

"The Crack" exhibit inside the Tate Modern

The "gherkin"

Brick Lane. The little girl on the bike is Sofia,
our god-daughter

Shoes growing on trees!

St. Paul's Cathedral

Tower Bridge

HMS Belfast

Ferry under the Millennium bridge

Not many of these left on the streets of London now

Trafalgar Square at dusk


The London Eye

Can you hear the bells ringing?

Another view of this beautiful clock tower

Another view of the London Eye

By night

....beautifully illuminated

Nelson watching over London

Trafalgar square.......

.........9.00 o'clock in the morning

Saturday, April 05, 2008


Hi and welcome!

I had a great trip to London and Istanbul over Easter. The main reason for going was work, but I made sure I had some time to take photos!

This week’s posting is dedicated to Istanbul, one of the most beautiful and compelling cities I have been to.

Enjoy the photos. In two weeks I’ll post some shots of London.


Breakfast in Istanbul

Colourful seating

Taxim Square Independence Monument

Gateway to St Antony of Padova Catholic Church
(Italian architecture in Istanbul)

Istanbul's characteristic buildings

The Bosphorous. Istanbul's waterways combined
with the beauty of the cityscape create stunning

The fountain, boats and Eminönü Mosque

Yeni Cami, (The New Mosque) Eminönü. Ottoman
mosque built in the 1600s (not so new!)

Inside the courtyard of Yeni Cami

Inside the Yeni Cami Mosque

Market street near the Yeni Cami Mosque

A pretty mosque near the Bosphorous

Famous as The Blue Mosque,
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
is one of only two mosques in Istanbul that has six

The Blue Mosque is set in beautiful gardens

Inside the courtyard of the Blue Mosque

Domes and golden spires

The magnificent interior of the Blue Mosque

Hagia Sophia stands opposite the Blue Mosque
(see also top picture). It is famous for it's huge
dome. It was an Eastern Orthodox Christian
Basilica for 1000 years, then a mosque.
It is now a museum.

Another grand mosque
Süleymaniye Mosque
at dusk

When I was much younger and saw photos
like this of Istanbul, I would dream of going there.
When I finally got there in 2006 and then again
this year, I wasn't disappointed

Minaret at night

Photo taken from the Unkapi bridge

Of course you have to do some shopping!
One of the entrances to the Grand Bazaar

Inside the Grand Bazaar. Very colourful!