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.
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?