Istanbul and Icicles

This is the next instalment of my Special Moments, Magic Memories series for the 2022 A to Z Blog Challenge.


We have seen so many places and sites over the years but one that’s captured my heart is Istanbul. I think it’s probably my favourite city in the world with its blend of Asia and Europe, Muslim and Christian. We were spoiled from the moment we sailed in on our first cruise together. The weather was glorious, and the scenery just jaw-dropping. Others on the viewing deck were saying they wished they’d extended their cruise to stay a few days – we had no such regrets as it had long been on our bucket list. I wrote about our experiences there a couple of years ago and included a bunch of photos, so if you want to know why we loved it, you can read all about it here. If you haven’t been, add it to your bucket list, you won’t regret it.

Sailing into Istanbul. P Cass 2014


I can imagine you wondering about the connection between Istanbul with its warmer climate, and icicles. This is another special memory from the 1992 USA trip I mentioned previously. Having overcome our anxiety about driving on the “wrong” side of the road, we did eventually make it out of Boston airport carport. While we missed our goal of seeing lots of Autumn/Fall colours, we had the great fun of enjoying the onset of winter with its frost and icicles. Over a couple of days we wound our way around the roads in New Hampshire and Vermont. I can’t say Mr Cassmob was always enthralled by my enthusiasm about where and when to take photos, but again, the joys of being offpeak and not part of the leaf peeper crowds.

We had great fun tinkling ice crystals to make music, and skimming stones on the iced-over lake to make sounds. My favourite find was the icy snake in one of the creeks near the Kancamagus Highway. Again, Mr Cassmob wasn’t entirely thrilled by the prospect of me landing facefirst in a frigid creek but I kept assuring him that I’d make sure not to drop the camera 🙂

When you come from the land Down Under, any sight of snow or ice captures your attention and brings a burst of sheer happiness.

Do you get a thrill out of seeing ice and snow?

Have you visited Istanbul and was it a love or hate connection?

22 thoughts on “Istanbul and Icicles

  1. I definitely have Istanbul envy. My husband stayed there when he was younger before we met and he really enjoyed his time there. My parents have visited a couple of times. On my bucket list for sure 🙂

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  2. That first view of Istanbul was a take your breath away moment. Well, half-hour, really, as we cruised slowly towards our berth. Our time there was just one Wow! after another. Even the German football-supporting brass band some time after midnight. And the caring for cats and…and…
    New England, now. You gave me conniptions as you cheerfully hopped from rock to rock in the freezing creeks. I could only think “If you must fall, at least hold the camera up out of the water!” And when you skipped a stone across the frozen lake and it made a noise like me singing…

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  3. Istanbul was fascinating but our very blonde 14 year old daughter was not impressed with all the offers of exchanging her for camels! I don’t think I would be visiting now 23 years later as things have changed dramatically in that corner of the world.

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  4. You are such a world traveler… and I laughed when you said of your fear of driving on the right side of road out of Boston. LOL Sounds like you had a ball in enjoying the icycles and not falling face down in the icy cold waters. You were almost in my part of the world as I’m in cold Connecticut, where seeing snow and isicles is a regular every winter… and dreaded. I have not heard them make sounds or skimmed rocks on the icy waters… I’ll have to check out the music part. Lucky you saw no moose on those travels.

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    1. It’s the novelty of something different I think…you’d probably like the heat and the Pacific Ocean lapping the beaches near us.
      We still don’t like driving on the “wrong” side of the road even though we’ve done it in France, Germany and Italy, but the US was our first experience. We had a sneaky laugh though when listening to the Americans in an Irish B&B complaining about driving on the wrong side of the road combined with twisty, narrow Irish lanes/roads.

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  5. I chuckled when I read your comment about driving on the “wrong side of the road” because we (in the U.S.) all feel that way when we travel to other parts of the world. Where I live in the U.S., snow is rare so I get excited when I see it, too!

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  6. Istanbul is on my list of places to visit. I’d especially like to visit Cihangir, the neighborhood famous for stray cats that the residents collectively care for. I live in Boston, so the natural wonders of New England are very familiar to me.

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  7. I’ve never been to either Istanbul New Hampshire or Vermont so I enjoyed reading about both and your photos. I don’t enjoy the cold at home but have had great holidays in Canada during winter. You’ve educated me as I had never heard of an ice snake.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer – all beautiful places. Cold is okay so long as you have the right clothes, and even better when it’s somewhere different to see. I need to find my better photo of the ice snake…ice curled up round a twig so it looked like a snake with a forked tongue.


  8. Another place I have been, New England! LOL. In fact I was born not too far from Boston. I don’t remember ever seeing an ice snake. It must have been unique to that branch!


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