Al Bastakiya, Dubai

A neighborhood bursting with history in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The name Bastakiya is from "Bastak" which was a town part of the Arab-dominated province of Lars in south-central Iran. The construction of this neighborhood dates back to the 1890s.

Traditional Thai Boat Trip

During one of my trips to Bangkok, I booked a river cruise for my mother and I. I knew she'd be into it. We chose the more traditional boat trip which included dinner, Thai music, and Thai dancing. 

Beautiful Palaces and Houses on the Bosphorus

In the past, I have mentioned the Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance as the Sultans preferred to spend more time in their new houses along the Bosphorus. Well, here are some worth leaving palaces for.

For those who are geographically curious, the Bosphorus is a narrow, natural channel and an internationally significant waterway by Istanbul. Internationally significant because it forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia. 

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans for a period of nearly four centuries. What's magnificent about the palace isn't its architecture (though very ornate), It's the view from its grounds. So one snowy day I took a walk around. 

The Topkapı Palace gradually lost its importance as the Sultans preferred to spend more time in their new dwellings along the Bosphorus. More about that in a different post.  

The Blue Mosque

As I walked the Sultanahmet District, one thing became abundantly clear, the cascading domes and minarets of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (better known as the "Blue Mosque") rule the Istanbul skyline. 

Three Lives of Hagia Sophia

There are many important structures in Istanbul. But this one – commissioned by emperor Justinian, consecrated as a church in 537. Converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453. And declared a museum by Atatürk in 1935. It surpasses the rest because of its architecture, history, religious importance and extraordinary beauty. 

Boston's Head Of The Charles Regatta

I'm standing on the Boston University bridge, where The Head Of The Charles Regatta starts. The boats are lining up in the order of their numbers with the Boston skyline at the distance. It’s an exciting moment as the crews begin in their “high strokes.”