The Alphabet Club Catch up post :Letter I

Hello Friends,

I'm sorry for not posting about the Alphabet Club since long, don't know what happened but I fell off the wagon for this one.So here I am trying to catch up ...

Without further delay let's talk about Letter "I"

I is for Hindi word Indradhanush meaning Rainbow. The composite word Indradhanush is made of two words Indra and Dhanush ,dhanush is a bow , bow of Indra, the god of lightningthunder and rain.
I haven't met a person who doesn't love rainbows. In childhood, we used to wait for rainy season in India to see a rainbow. However, I was quite surprised when I saw a rainbow almost every morning on my way to work while I was deputed to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Here are two of my favourite Indradhanush pictures:


Rainbow spotted on first day to office at Pascagoula,June 2008
Double Rainbow spotted at Edessa Waterfalls,Greece, Sep 2016


I can't think of many Hindi words starting with I, so I'm going to talk about my favourite city from my travels so far- Istanbul. Istanbul , capital of Turkey is one of the most beautiful cities of the world with a right mixture of history and modern world. It has everything to feed various type of travellers: one who are interested in architecture , history(Byzantine and Ottoman Empire), religion , food ,night life . The city is well connected with public transport which is one of the major thing whenever I select a country/city to travel to.The most popular tourist attractions The Blue mosque(Sultan Ahmet Mosque ) and Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) will take your breath away.
Blue mosque(Sultan Ahmet Mosque ) 
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)
Süleymaniye Mosque
Chora Church has one of world's most beautiful mosaics of Byzantine times.

I can ramble about the colorful city of Istanbul for days, talk about how it was called Constantinople and was the capital city of Roman/Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman empires, about how this transcontinental city has a rich culture influenced by Asia and Europe, the food , the relaxed evening routine...however I'm limited by time.
I feel lucky to have visited the city in peaceful times and wish peace prevails soon over this magnificient city.

I will be back soon with some intersting facts with letter J ...keep watching.

Comments

  1. Such delights to see in your I post, I've enjoyed reading this one.

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  2. You are quite the traveler. Istanbul to Pascagoula! Fun post.

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  3. You have traveled to so many beautiful places Mini! And I do love a rainbow :)

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  4. I love rainbows too, those are lovely photos. Thank you for the comments on Istanbul. That city has always fascinated me and I still hope to get there one day.

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  5. Great pictures. I still can't believe you lived in Pascagoula, my old stomping grounds as a teenager. :)

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  6. Such an interesting "I" post, Mini--and lovely photos! Happy New Year to you!

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  7. You are not the only one who is a bit behind with the letters - me too :) Like you I am trying to catch up.
    Your I post is very interesting to read and the pictures are wonderful.

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  8. I love rainbows too. When I was younger I often used rainbow colours when I was colouring patterns in my drawing books.
    Istanbul looks wonderful too. I remember a sing from my childhood about places which had changed their names and Istanbul was one of them.

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    1. Are you thinking of "Istanbul not Constantinople" by They Might Be Giants?

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  9. And a little research discovers the Muppets' version of the song!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=20uXjti9h4I

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