Stepantsminda, Georgia

Location: Stepantsminda, Georgia
Date: July 2015

No, the state of Georgia didn’t suddenly acquire a mountain range. Stepantsminda¬†is located in the very north central portion of the Republic of Georgia, about 10 miles south of the Russian border. I like to go off the beaten path, so a trip to this town sounded right up my alley.

Just outside the town, is Mt. Kazbek, the seventh-highest peak in the Caucasus Mountains, sitting at 16,558 feet. And just below Mt. Kazbek is a tiny church that overlooks Stepantsminda. A quick Google image search was all I needed to know I wanted to see this church for myself. It wasn’t an easy feat to get here as we battled flooded roads, mountain roads, and cows. The view I present here is from the hotel we stayed in (a surprisingly luxury hotel for such a remote town). The church is clearly visible on the left side of the photo. If you like a challenge, make plans to visit. You won’t regret it.

Kazbegi Georgia July 2015

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Location: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: November 2012

There are a million things I love about Istanbul, but the Hagia Sophia is near the top of the list. The history is so rich as the building shuffled between Christian and Muslim cultures. Today, as a secular museum, you can see the years on this building for yourself. And there have been many years as the building dates back to the sixth century. If you find yourself in Istanbul, make sure to pop in and see this beautiful building for yourself.

Haigia Sophia Istanbul November 2012

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