Lights behind Glass


A woman sits beside the glass walls of Marina Cafe in Izmit, Kocaeli

Hello, everyone!  Happy New Year.  After a period of holiday blues because I could not go home for Christmas to visit my two teenagers in California whom I haven’t seen in over two years, I’m back to my Blog.  I’m still in Turkey, looking for a new teaching job near Istanbul or somewhere in the world.

Sadly, my job at Akdeniz (Mediterranean) University in Antalya didn’t work out because they couldn’t get my contract as promised, so I came back to Kocaeli.  I didn’t spend all my time during Christmas sulking, however.  I wrote news articles and photo essays for the online newspaper, Digital Journal.  Here is one of my favorites, “Places in Turkey”:

For my first post of 2013, I decided to post images of lights behind glass in places I found around Kocaeli, Turkey.  These photos were taken at twilight or evening.  I hope you enjoy them.  I am resolved to see my two children soon in this new year, and I hope you experience great moments, too!  Oh, and please do check out my 5 books on Amazon.  Your support could help me go home to see my children this year.


A ferry sails outside the glass walls of Marina Cafe


Gowns behind the glass of a dress shop

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Walk with Me (Kale Içi, Antalya, Turkey–with photo gallery)

Walk with me in the historic Kale Ici (Old Castle) section of Antalya, Turkey, on the Mediterranean Sea.  Stroll on cobbled streets between medieval houses topped with red-tiled roofs.  Browse at shops selling carpets, pottery, clothing, and hand-blown glass.  Drink tea at a garden cafe.  Find a newly married couple posing among flowers, sunlight shining on their faces.  Take photos of the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s gates and a church from the Second Century.  See “Paul’s Place,” which highlights the First Century travels of the Apostle Paul through Turkey, as told in the Bible.  Explore the marina and see how the castle encloses it, with restaurants atop its golden stone walls and a swimming cove down stone steps.  Take a boat tour and see Kale Ici across the water.  You will never forget this amazing place! Continue reading