Globe Trotting Part 2 – New Continent

Welcome to the continuation of my recent globe-trotting adventures!
Click here to get caught up on Part 1 – my Roman Holiday.  🙂

After re-charging the camera, we were ready to tackle Day 4 – our final full day in this incredible city full of history.

We headed to the Vatican & St. Peter’s Square…

 

 

 

 

 

 

…but had to leave because we arrived too early, so we decided to check out the Roman Forum instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So much history in one place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children were on field trips there learning about really amazing things…

 

 

 

 

 

 

…like the fact that Julius Caesar was originally buried there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was so inspired…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… I jumped for joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was back to the Vatican & St. Peter’s Square…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… where we saw…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…LOTS…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… of amazing…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… statues…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… including a Chuck Norris look-alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were also amazing paintings…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… by many famous people…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… like Salvador Dali…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… on our way to the Sistine Chapel…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… where I got in trouble for snapping this picture…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… got in trouble for this one too (still don’t know why)…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… on our way…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… into St. Peter’s Basilica…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… where they had dead popes…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… more than one…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… and St. Peter’s remains are supposedly buried 23′ below this arch where the Pope takes communion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finished off the day with a fancy dinner and another trip to Trevi Fountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then back to the hostel for our last night.

Day 5 brought lots of excitement as we

ate cannolis…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… followed by lunch at a restaurant that has been visited by some pretty famous people – including John Wayne and Dean Martin!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then things got a little crazy trying to get to Istanbul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But we finally made it and spent the evening enjoying the company of friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 began with sweet fellowship before heading out on the ferry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went from Asia to Europe…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… to see the Hagia Sophia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a place where times, cultures, and religions collide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is interesting…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… and beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also saw the underwater cisterns…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… complete with Medusa’s head…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… and then on to the Blue Mosque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These people washed their feet…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… and this guy told us to go get some baklava (pretty sure)…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… so we did…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… before heading back to Asia and saying farewell to Elisa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On day 7 Julie and I met up with the fellas to hang out along the Bosphorus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got to see lots of jellyfish!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent most of the day at this ridiculously cool fortress…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… which we dubbed our castle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We climbed around…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… sat around…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… enjoyed time with friends…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… and just tried to take it all in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a brief stop at Starbucks, we set out to see more of the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We eventually ended up at this “Turkish Cracker Barrel”…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… where they make bread like this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

… and your dinner like this (so yummy)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water is served like this (imagine a flimsy pudding cup)…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… and tea is served like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After receiving a HUGE blessing, Julie and I headed back across to Asia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was time for me to say goodbye to this city and head back to Macedonia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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