On the second day of Christmas

Blue Mosque, Instanbul, about sunrise, Dec. 26:enclos*ureThe Blue Mosque, just after sunrise yesterday. We spent the last week in Prague and Instanbul.

Hagia Sophia, Instanbul, about sunrise, Dec. 26:enclos*ureAbove is the Hagia Sophia, seen beyond the roof of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.

Blue Mosque, Dec. 26, InstanbulAnother view of the mosque, above. I was on the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Ibrahim Pasha, which is excellent in every way (Thanks to CNN Travel for the tip.).

More later. . . . We arrived home about 2:00 a.m. this morning.

. . .tonight again the fragrant sky
etches luminous travel
with beads from tree to tree
above this terra cotta,
above us as we sleep.

— Jessica Jopp, from “En Eski Aşk Şiiri

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