The best places for people watching this summer

Living in Europe for nearly five years has taught me the art of nursing a minuscule espresso while watching the world pass by on a sunny day. No Starbucks, no iPhone, no book. Just you and a prime spot on the sidewalk. There are few activities as delectable as this. Here are my favorite places […]

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On buying a Turkish carpet

As far as travel experiences, going to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is right up there with visiting the Louvre in Paris. And buying a carpet at the Bazaar is like taking home one of the Louvre’s paintings…well, maybe a very very small sketch. By an unknown artist. What I’m trying to say is this isn’t a run-of-the-mill […]

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Ancient Istanbul: The Hagia Sophia

Somewhere in the move between apartments I misplaced my camera. The two of us were not reunited until this weekend–so, finally I can post photos from the rest of our Istanbul trip. We spent one day of our three-day adventure in the ancient part of town where the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar […]

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Three days in Istanbul

Istanbul is loud, colorful, spicy and disorganized–truly the opposite of Geneva. It was exactly the breath of fresh air we needed after a few weeks spent navigating the Swiss apartment rental market. The downside with having been so preoccupied with apartments is that I didn’t get a chance to research Istanbul and its history before […]

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