This week has been a busy week for us. Robert and I have taken on new roles at our school where we are both leaders of a subject area. I lead math and Roberts leads science. Part of this new job requires some training and professional development. On Tuesday, I travelled to Istanbul for a conference on assessment. I flew in on Tuesday, had the conference on Wednesday and flew back on Wednesday night. I could have stayed for 5 more days and attended more conferences, but I wanted to be at home for Ayla. Her babyhood is too short and every minute is precious.
The hotel I stayed at was right next door to the famous rainbow steps if Istanbul. Here is a nice article about them:
It is also Autumn in Istanbul. Istanbul is much greener than Amman and it appears to have more evergreens than deciduous trees, but I spotted a few close to the Blue Mosque.
I really enjoyed returning to Istanbul. Robert and I had such a wonderful time there in Spring 2013. I even returned the hotel we stayed at and said hello to the manager who helped us find some fantastic rugs. I told him that we named our daughter 'Ayla' and he was impressed because it is a Turkish name. If you look at our Turkey page towards the end, you will see these two guys playing backgammon.
The Blue Mosque looked as impressive as ever. I love Istanbul!
During our Friday morning walk, we found this little art shop selling local art. The owner of the art shop is called, Michael. He and his mother are the artists, but he also collects pieces from other artists in the community. We are interested in buying some of his paintings of Amman.
I am always attracted by bright colours and the painting above caught my eye.
|Here are his contact details. He speaks great English.|
|I like this one of Amman.|
|We both like this one of Downtown Amman.|