These are chestnuts, or kestane, in Turkish. I always thought that it sounded delicious to have roasted chestnuts, but I’ve got to say I do not like them. They are way too chalky or something, but hey, they make a pretty shot.
This is one of my favorite shots from Xian, China. I even used this portrait as the cover of my bood, “Eyes on Asia.” Of course, he didn’t speak one word of English and my three Mandarin phrases didn’t really help us to have a vibrant conversation, but he happily let me into his yard to photograph his cow and him.
The U.S. has many icons, and one of them has to be the drive-in restaurant. No country does them like the States. In fact, very few countries I’ve traveled to even have drive-in restaurants. As McDonald’s spreads there hamburger heavens all over the earth, they sometimes are able to introduce the concept of a drive-in, sometimes.
I think the Rajhastan Desert is one of my favorite places on earth. The people are so friendly, and everything feels so different than the world that I’m used to; it’s exciting.
When I came upon this scene, I was just overwhelmed. I love the monochromatic look of the cows and the village, with the lady and a splash of color from her sari.
What’s one of your favorite places on earth?
Pilav or rice is a traditional Turkish side dish. Unfortunately, in the restaurants, it has largely been replaced by bulgur or bread, since rice is so much more expensive.
The Turks take great pride in their rice. I have to agree, it’s buttery and often contains small pasta, like orzo and sometime pine nuts.
Here is a recipe for Turkish Pilav:
Soak 1 cup of rice in enough salted water to cover it for 30 minutes prior to cooking. Take a skillet and melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the rinsed rice and stir in hot pan [...]
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It was imperitive that Jim and I make it to Edirne to visit the famous Selimiye Mosque and its medrese complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2011. Edirne is located on the European side of Turkey, and it just wasn’t that easy for us to get there. It’s a seven hour drive from Ankara, but it was totally worth it. The whole city of Edirne had a more European feel than many other cities in the country, and Sinan’s crowning achievement, the building of Selimiye didn’t dissappoint.
To be honest, I’m not much of a scholar [...]
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One of my favorite trips of all time was taking the small boat cruise throught the Galapagos Islands. We were super excited when we spotted our first marine iguanas, pretty much a symbol of the whole experience. We couldn’t believe how they climbed all over one another. The best was seeing them swim, or doggie-um-iguana paddle their way across the water.
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