Antioquia, Colombia

Horse

After yet another lengthy absence from my neglected blog, I felt inspired to post something new. In February, Ashley and I headed south to Colombia for our annual trip abroad. Our first stop was the city of Medellín, the once incredibly violent, but recently transformed capital of the department of Antioquia. As part of our stay here, we took a guided tour through the coffee region of Antioquia. What follows are photos of one of the most beautiful, lush landscapes I have ever seen.

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horse

Guide, Andres

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

We toured a coffee farm, where we got to see the coffee process from start to finish

Growing Coffee Beans

Coffee Beans

Coffee Beans

Beans heading to be washed

Coffee Beans

Coffee farmer, also named Andres, tending his coffee beans that are drying in the sun

Drying Beans

Bags for the Beans – each can hold almost 90lbs

Coffee Bag

Alma Del Café – Soul of CoffeeAlma Del Cafe

Guacamole y Patacones

Guacamole y Patacones

After the horseback ride, we took a short drive to the picturesque town of Jardín

Jardín

Basilica Menor de la Inmaculada Conception

Church

Church

Church

Blue Cruise on the Turkish Riviera – Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley

These photos are from Butterfly Valley, another stop on our cruise along Turkey’s “Turquoise Coast”.

Butterfly Valley

Beach

Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley

Flowers

Sign

Tents as far as the eye can see

Campers

Valley

Flower

Sailing Away

Sailing

Sailing

Blue Cruise on the Turkish Riviera – Kaş

Kaş

After a hiatus of a little more than four (!!!) months, I’m finally updating this blog. These photos are from Kaş, Turkey, the first stop on our Blue Cruise along Turkey’s southern coast.

Approaching Kaş

Approaching Kaş

Mast

Kaş

Murals

Mural

Mural

Mural

Mural

Setting Sun

Kaş

Kaş by Moonlight

Kaş by Moonlight

Olympos

Mount Olympos

More photos from our brief stop in Olympos, this time featuring a trek around some ancient ruins.

Emergency Room – I’m glad I had no emergencies.

Emergency Room

Hostel Guest

Hostel Guest

Walking Down the Road

Walking Down the Road

Walking Down the Road

Ancient Lycian Ruins

Ruins

Ruins

Ruins

Snake in the Ruins

Snake

Ruins

Ruins

Ruins

Ruins

Water

Water

Olympos Beach

Olympos Beach

After five days in Istanbul, a brief flight and three separate buses, our trip to Turkey took a turn towards tranquility as Ashley and I found ourselves in the town of Olympos. What was once an ancient Lycian city and is now a backpacker’s paradise, it boasts a beautiful beach and stunning views of the Mediterranean.

Olympos Beach

Olympos Beach

Olympos Beach

Olympos Beach

Olympos Beach

One of the best ways to take in the beauty of these surroundings is to climb a hill of ancient ruins that  rewards the climber with quite the panoramic view.

Olympos Beach

Olympos Beach

Olympos Beach

Olympos Beach

Istanbul, Turkey – The Rest – Part II

Istanbul

Finally finishing posting photos from Istanbul with one more entry of various shots from around the city. Next stop: Olympos.

Street Car

Street Car

Beyoğlu

Beyoğlu

Shots from and around the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn

Golden Horn

Golden Horn

Galata Bridge

Golden Horn

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Flag

Flag

Statues

Statues

Egyptian Market

Egyptian Market

Manhole Cover

Manhole Cover

TreeTree

Istanbul, Turkey – The Rest – Part I

Mosque

To finish up my pictures from Istanbul, here is the first of two posts that will consist of miscellaneous shots from our wanderings around this beautiful city.

 

Mosque from our Airbnb apartment

Mosque

The apartment from below

Apartment

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

…and at night

Galata Tower

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

New Mosque

New Mosque

New Mosque

Moon

Moon

Ancient Walls

Wall

Wall

Four Seasons Garden

Four Seasons

Behind Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

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