Announcing: It's Just a Game

About the book: Similar to how H.G. Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights uses high school football in Texas as a lens to look at society, Brian Carriveau’s It’s Just a Game observes adult amateur baseball in Wisconsin as a means to examine small-town America. The non-fiction book,...

Our last full day in Istanbul included a visit to the Panorama 1453 Museum, dedicated entirely to the Conquest of Constantinople when the Ottomans overtook the Byzantine Empire. Engravings on the outside wall. Exhibits inside the museum explain the history before, during and after the conquest. An audio tour gave a curated overview of the museum, a necessity with all descriptions written in Turkish. The gem of the museum is a 360-degree panorama depicting the Fall of Constantinople, some 2,350 …

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It was a lovely adventure. Thanks! more

With a high of 81 degrees and mostly sunny skies, Monday was a perfect day for a cruise on the Bosphorus. From top to bottom, flags of Turkey, municipality and ferry company. The sights along the cruise were stunning. The front of the ferry in the foreground and the Bosphorus Bridge in the background, connecting Europe to Asia. The Ortaköy Mosque built in 1854 by Sultan Abdulaziz. More beautiful vistas of greater Istanbul. The Rumelihisarı fortress built in 1452 by …

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Loved your travelogue ! Will miss my morning coffee an adventure to Istanbul.... more

On the agenda for Sunday was a visit to the Hagia Sophia, which has served as a Greek Orthodox basilica, Roman Catholic cathedral, an imperial mosque and now, a museum over the centuries. The first two churches built on the grounds of the present day Hagia Sophia burned down in riots, but remnants of the second version survive, seen here with a relief featuring lambs, circa 415 A.D. This is the entrance to the current structure, built in 532 A.D., …

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Looks like you are having beautiful weather. more

It was a day of culinary adventure in Istanbul on Saturday, but on our way to breakfast, this caught our attention. Ordinary back guard posts line the street everywhere in the city, a barrier along the side walk from the traffic… …except a local street artist, decided to add a little paint job. If you haven’t noticed the similarity already, they’re painted to look like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, four in a row with orange, red, purple and blue …

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Istanbul Photo Journal, Day 6


On Friday we took a ferry to cross the Bosphorus and visited Kadıköy, a neighborhood on the Asian side of the city, the first time we’ve stepped foot into Asia. We passed the Maiden’s Tower. A vendor sells juice, tea and sandwiches on the ferry. Our day included a lot of walking and window shopping. We paid a visit to the fish market. Unlike in Wisconsin, a reference to sheep’s head isn’t a card game. More street scenes… The ride …


Istanbul Photo Journal, Day 5


Our day began by getting breakfast from a street vendor. We bought börek, a flaky pastry filled with cheese. We got up early to visit Topkapı Palace, the residence of the ruling Sultans of the Ottoman empire from 1520 to 1855. It is a sprawling ground covering 700,000 square meters. This is the Gate of Salutation. Among the many buildings and displays are dormitories, the imperial treasury, armory, several kiosks and a mosque with someone singing the Quran 24/7 as …


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