A visit to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena to view Van Gogh’s bedroom on loan from the Chicago Art Institute.
Refuel at the Soho Hotel I was only staying in London for 2 days, and one of those was spent sequestered in a meeting room adjacent to the Refuel Restaurant at the Soho Hotel. This cosmopolitan hotel, tucked just off Dean Street, showed no sight of being impacted by the troubled British economy. I arrived …View full post
Inspired by Jamie Oliver, but tweaked by Roving Jay Forget the Branston! This chutney is the perfect accompaniment to any dish, and also works really well to add a fiery touch to sauces. I added it to the salmon and spinach mixture in my savory pancakes last night, and put a dollop on my breakfast …View full post
Şehir Hatlari’s have four different ferry route services operating on the Bosphorus, Istanbul. Find out more details of their Bosphorus Line, Golden Horn Line, Prince’s Island Line and Europe-Asia Conenction Lines.View full post
Istanbul Sights The vivid yellow hue of the zucchini blossoms in my last article, inspired me to create this photo essay. I was looking through my Istanbul photo collection, and suddenly I started noticing specific colour elements in them. I left those elements in their original colour, and turned everything else to black and white. …View full post
Cashing in Living in America, you get used to the optimization of the commercial opportunities at the local tourist attractions. Ride a scary roller coaster at Magic Mountain and they’ll snap your grimace of fear, just as the car hurtles down a steep decline. When you get off the ride, still high on adrenaline, you eagerly hand over a fist …View full post
Wherever I lay my hat I’m from everywhere and nowhere, I don’t call anywhere home. The same year I was born, Marvin Gaye wrote and recorded the song “wherever I lay my hat (that’s my home)” – maybe if hats suited me, I’d feel at home somewhere! Before I became a British expat, I lived in …View full post
In the Northern hemisphere, tonight is the longest night of the year – the Winter Solstice. In ancient Europe, this time of year was associated with the Norse Goddess Frigga. According to the myth, she sat weaving the future on her spinning wheel during the celebration of Yule. Yule is taken from the Norse word Jul – meaning …View full post
Changing of the Seasons Growing up it wasn’t unusual to be blind to the beauty of the colours of autumn. They seasons came and went and after the novelty that was present in childhood faded, it was easy to just view the leaves falling to the ground as a sign that another cold winter was just …
From Travel Guides to a Poetic Travel Memoir I write travel guides about the Bodrum Peninsula, and built a popular travel blog on the same topic. I’ve taken a break from writing travel guides to create “Turkey Tales: A Bodrum Travel Memoir in Verse”, which is a collection of poems about people we’ve encountered on our …
After a barren winter with barely a sighting of another human life form in the neighbourhood for months, it has been exciting to see the influx of visitors arriving into their summer homes on our complex. They’re new arrivals for the season, in search of a respite from the heat of Turkish cities like Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara.
Bite-size florets coated with spices (Pul-biber) & served with a yogurt dip I love cauliflower, and there was a Mediterranean restaurant around the corner from my Corporate Castle in LA, that did a Fried Cauliflower dish, served with tahini, in a pitta wrap. It was delicious. I decided to guess at the ingredients, and make it healthier …
Author Ann Marie Aershon Guest Blog Today we’re welcoming Guest Blogger Ann Marie Mershon, author of “You must only to love them, Lessons Learned in Turkey”. In her new book, Ann Marie recounts her trials and joys as she adapted to life in Istanbul. Still smarting from a recent divorce, she decided to focus on a …
Coming Home to London After the quiet and calm of our little hill in Gumusluk, it’s been quite a jolt to find ourselves in the middle of the hustle and bustle of London again. The capital is my old stomping ground, and I always get a sense of “coming home” each time I throw myself …
Brilliant to be featured in Leyla Ergil’s roundup of Travel Guides about Turkey written by Expats in the Daily Sabah, an English language newspaper in Turkey.
Read about Lisa Morrow’s new book “Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul” and find out how your purchase can help Syrian refugees.
You’ve been waiting for this moment and here it is – Josh “The Movie Squabblers” Obscure Gems and and Bottom 5 movies of 2015.