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Social Media and My New Pinterest

I just had to add a new interest, or should I say Pinterest?  Pardon the pun………if my kids knew that I just said that, they would get mad at me.   I am always having fun with word play, much to their consternation.  Well, to go back to Pinterest – I don’t know what took me so long to get into it.  All, I can say is it’s a lot of fun.  All the pictures don’t have to be your own, you can like other people’s pictures and pin them on your board, and others will hopefully like what you pin, and re-pin.  It’s a bit like retweeting on Twitter, and you can like pins too – now you’ll be reminded of Facebook.  You can also pin videos, so hence YouTube can be brought in……now you have all your social media played out  just in Pinterest.

I like to divide up my travel or my interests (such as on empowerment, or the British Royal Family, especially Princess Diana) into boards, it’s a little like having photo albums all sorted out, and not lumped together.  I have one album, more appropriately called “board” on Pinterest for London, one for Izmir, one for Istanbul, one for Italy, one for San Diego, and one that I named Travel Repins when I didn’t really know what I was doing, and still don’t quite know what to call it.  This board is where I just put pictures that I like taken by other people into one big collection, and this one isn’t at all organized – it has pictures from all over the world in it.

I still have to do more on Pinterest, I can’t just leave only mostly my pictures on my boards for instance – like the ones on Izmir or Istanbul.   My board on London has many pictures from others who have taken pictures of that amazing city.  Just like with all social media, it’s about sharing.  After all, there are so many other pictures to discover out there in the world, we have to go beyond ourselves, and share the work of others.

I have to find more time, and have been lacking time lately…..life has caught up with me.  Now just living day to day leaves hardly any spare moments to even dabble in social media, unfortunately.  However, my emails from Pinterest even when I’m not active myself, have shown me what people are interested in, and I’ve noted with much curiousity, that people are really into London, and why not?  London is one of the best cities in the world, if not the very best.  However, I would like to add some interest for San Diego, especially since I now live here.  So, I will work on my board on San Diego, and on some of the other boards, where I might only have my pictures.

Lastly, you know I like to have pictures in my posts…..so here are three pictures taken by me in three of my favorite cities and of course on Pinterest.

First, one of my favorite destinations….beautiful Venice in tantalizing Italy.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Then, lovely London in enchanting England.

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

Lastly, Paradise on Earth in Coronado, San Diego, in sunny California, USA.

Coronado, San Diego

Coronado, San Diego

I think you ought to give Pinterest a try, you just might find it Pinteresting!

Follow me on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/luchanik/

Just Some More Turkish Delight

Our visit to Istanbul during the MSC Cruise (on the MSC Musica) was packed with shopping, and savoring Turkish flavors – whether it was Turkish coffee or kebabs.  Turkey is delightful, and so colorful.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

The first few pictures (below) were actually taken in Izmir, I could only tell since I looked back at my pictures, and saw some pictures of the cruise in the evening.  I will include those here, so that you can see the sequence of events.  The cruise stopped in Izmir first, and then we had our evening onboard, and the next day we got off at Istanbul.

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Here are a few pictures taken back on the cruise ship that night.

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Now let’s venture into Istanbul, and to the Grand Bazaar!  Many people come to the bazaars of Turkey to get great bargains – you can find tea-sets, glassware, ornaments, clothes, handbags, and many other items.  These bazaars also tantalize you with their aromas and Turkish treats.  Don’t forget to try the Turkish coffee!

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Time for some Turkish Coffee at Red Cafe

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

We left the Grand Bazaar, and ventured into the streets…..I must have asked this man if I could have a picture taken with him.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

I think this is also called the Blue Mosque, but this is of course in Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Here’s the Mosque from a different angle

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Here are the last pictures of Istanbul:

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Well, I hope you think Turkey is as delightful as I do.  I have only showed you some pictures of Izmir, the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and some of the surrounding streets.  I’m sure Turkey has many other hidden delights.

Just A Little Bit Of Turkish Delight

Turkey delighted me when I visited that mysterious country in 2006.  We were on a cruise with MSC Musica from Venice, Italy, and visited several ports in Europe.  One of our stops was in Izmir and another one in Istanbul.  I had to get out of our taxi which we took from the cruise port to the Mosque to actually venture closer and even go in the Mosque.  Nobody else in the car wanted to go into the Mosque, but I could not let such beauty and magnificence pass me by.

Here are some pictures of the Blue Mosque in Izmir, Turkey:

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey - near the Blue Mosque

Izmir, Turkey – near the Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

This was taken inside the Mosque

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Last look at the Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Then it was time to get back to the MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Turkey is an incredibly beautiful country that I have to explore much more on a future visit.  The amount of time that you get while on a cruise port of visit is not adequate enough when visiting a land that is full of cultural mystique and glory as Turkey is.  My next post will include more pictures taken in Istanbul.