Türkiye | Sky Watch

Türkiye | Sky Watch

Traveling to Türkiye, was one of my long cherished dreams, especially to Istanbul.

The Türkiye Connection

I have always felt a deep connection with this land without having ever visited it. And when we did in October 2022, it was like homecoming. The people were warm, kind-hearted; the winding alleys felt oh! So familiar, as did the bazaars and the baklavas.

Though, I’m not much of a city person, but there was something beyond endearing about Istanbul and all of Turkey that is steeped in culture and heritage. 

Today’s sky watch is dedicated to Türkiye, a land that continues to bleed after a devastating earth-quake.

My prayers are always with this country which continues to see much upheaval time and again, yet emerges like a phoenix from the ashes. I also pray for Syria, its neighbour which has experienced the horrifying aftermath of the earthquake too.

Do join me in saying a small prayer if you can.

Here are some sky images captured on my phone, while traveling across various destinations in Türkiye.


The stunning skyline of Istanbul, the capital city of Türkiye. This is the European side, at Sultanahmet.


En-route the mystical Konya – Mevlana Rumi’s tomb and Cappadocia in Türkiye.


Our pit-stop was special on this 12-hour drive to Konya and Cappadocia. That’s another story for yonder.


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The changing colours of autumn from our moving vehicle. Türkiye is a gorgeous country, with pristine skies and a stunning landscapes to boot. 


Mevlana Rumi, the mystic-poet lies buried here in Konya. Visiting his tomb was surreal and spiritual beyond words. Another story for yonder. 🙂


The magical sky dotted with hot air balloons and fairy chimneys, in Cappadocia, Türkiye.

While I Was Away and On Being Kind

Sorry, folks I have been away, yet again. Came down with the flu, as did my younger one. We are on the mend now. 

Missed you all. 

Let’s continue to be kind and loving to every being in this so very broken world.

It is World Wildlife Day today, so don’t forget to be kind to the critters and all of nature as well. 




Have a delicious weekend!




Jumping in with Alan’s magnificent Skywatch Friday, incredible X’mas Dolly, Cathy and Alana for Monday Mewsic Moves, terrific Trent for Weekly Smiles and my wonderful Wordless Wednesday gang SandeeKeithSuzanaBrianSteve, Lydia’s Seasonal post, Betty’s My Corner of the World and Mersad’s Through my Lens. Hopping in with dear CorinneParul and Shalini for Friday Reflections as well.

Gratitude to everyone hosting.🙂


Today I’m sharing a movie song from our Indian Cinema. It talks about a magical evening and a blooming romance set amidst the evening sky. This was shot way back in 1970, two years before I was born!

Much different from our current genre of cinema, but so meaningful at that. Please ignore the last few minutes of the song. Have no idea why that music was added! 

33 thoughts on “Türkiye | Sky Watch

  1. Hello my friend! Stopping by this beautiful blog after a long long time!
    Read your lovely post and most of all, loved all the gorgeous photos, especially the hot-air balloons! It’s such a beautiful country and one that’s been on our bucket list for a long time. God willing, will be able to visit it someday!
    Trust you both have recovered from the flu and are doing well now. A long catch up is due soon, my friend!
    Stay well, take care.
    Much love, dear Natasha.

  2. To me you have been all over the world to see the things you have! God bless you & yours dearest friend. I’d love to send you my address so we could REALLY write to each other. I have a huge family. I guess I take after my grandmother she had six children & each had their own chores to do. Anyway, I won’t bore you with that maybe another day. Do you ever write letters? I would like to write you one or we can write emails if you prefer. My email is xmasdolly@comcast.net ! Hope you’re having a wonderful day dearest friend! Sending many hugs & the Lord’s blessings! Here’s a little info. I come from a huge family & I had a huge family. Guess I take after my gramma. I had 5 children, but one passed away of “Crib Death”, so I have my very own Angel & her name was Angelina… a coincidence I’m sure! I miss her every day, but I’m sure the Blessed Mother is taking care of her a lot better than I can. I wish we really were sisters… my Sandy I adopted too! She’s such a good person… truly. Until the next time my friend… You can write me via email if you like or just wait until Next Tuesday or Wednesday! HUGS & MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU & YOURS!

    1. Dear, dear Marie,
      Thank you for your sweet message. i sent you an email, so you will have my mail now; and you can write to me anytime.

      Always lovely to hear from you.
      You and Sandee are very precious indeed, as are a few other friends on mine scattered across the globe from blogosphere.

      Take good care and lots of love. <3

      1. I shall look for that and save it to my addresses. That will be nice to be able to write to you whenever I’m at the computer. I don’t come here every day because there are some days I just cannot sit for very long in the chair. I can’t wait to get my laptop fixed and then I can be on any time. It costs a lot of money though so for now I’m here. Hugs and many thoughts are with you. Marie P.S. You & yours are in my prayers and I hope you’re having a wonderful time & love the pictures!!! Wish I was with you! 🙂
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    1. Yes, Rumi’s tomb, where he rests in peace surrounded by his other disciples. It’s a stunning museum at Mevlana in Turkey.

      I have more images that I shall share in sure course of time.

      Thank you so much for adding my post to your table dear Suzana.

      Big hugs and love

  3. Oh my goodness, what a great blog you did today! HELLO GIRLFRIEND! HOW ARE YOU? I’m slowly, but surely recuperating I have a bad back & leg from a back surgery I had. You see, I had fainted in the basement where I live & I hit my tail-bone and it hurt really bad for a really long time. I had to sit on a heating pad for almost 3 months. It was definitely a BUMMER! BUT GETTING BETTER NOW! How are you doing my dearest friend? GREAT I hope!!! Are you still trippin’ to all these wonderful places??? Boy, I never been across an ocean, but not that long ago I did finally see the Ocean though when my eldest son graduated Boot Camp from the Marines in California! It was fantastic to see!!!! Well, it’s getting late and I’m off to bed. HUGS & SMOOCHES my Friend!!!!!!!!!

  4. I loved my visit to Turkey a few years ago. It’s such a beautiful, charming, and culturally diverse city! And the cats everywhere just had my heart! I hope it rises once more from the ashes of the recent earthquake. Seeing the images of the devastation is just so heartbreaking!
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  5. My sister in law’s dream was to go to Türkiye one day. She saved up for years, then was laid off from work and needed the money through several years of unemployment. When I saw your pictures, I can see why she wanted to visit. How beautiful, and how sad and tragic the events in Türkiye and Syria have been with the recent earthquakes. The last balloon picture, with the fairy chimneys, was my favorite – wow. The music brings variety to our Monday music meme, and you are more than welcome to join us any Monday.

    1. I’m sorry to know she couldn’t make it to Turkey, and I do hope she can sometime in the future somehow.

      Or maybe you can Alana on her behalf if it calls out to you?
      An utterly gorgeous land of delightful landscapes and warm hearted souls.

      Thanks for welcoming an Indian song into #MM; will try and share more in the coming weeks.

  6. Ah, yes, I did see this. Turkey obviously made a huge and positive impression on you! I know it was the other end of the country from Istanbul, but I really feel for the people effected by the earthquake.
    Glad you are on the mend from the flu. Stay well 🙂

  7. Such wonderful sights and those balloons are so beautiful. We send prayes and good wishes for all those dealing with the earthquakes destruction.

  8. HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MY FRIEND!!! You’ve got a great song there… not that I can understand it, but I love the melody and the guy isn’t bad looking either! hahaha Thank you so much for joining us. We love having you. Cathy, and I love, love music… I mean who doesn’t and I totally love the tunes you posted. I will look forward to hearing new music by you. For now I’m going to play it again. The singer isn’t harmful on the eyes either! hehehe So nice talking to you again. Love your pics… I’ve missed you too! Hugs, Marie
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  9. Your post makes me want to book a trip to Turkey right now. What a testament to the country. I love the light in your photos.
    The balloon shot is wonderful. I used to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the hot air festival was beautiful, all the colorful balloons in the air.
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  10. Natasha,

    Fabulous pictures! I love the ones of the hot air balloons. How exciting that must have been to ride across the sky in one. I don’t think I could do that since heights frighten me. I’m sorry you have been unwell. Do take good care of yourself, my dear. Thanks for joining the 4M party. Have a boogietastic week, friend!

  11. Fabulous photos, Natasha! ♥ We visited Kusadasi and Ephesus on the Turkish west coast and I regret not having time to see more of the country. My heart goes out to all of the earthquake victims. Such devastation! 🙁

    I’m glad you’re feeling better! Here’s hoping you don’t suffer any more health or other issues for a long time.

    Interesting video. The singer has a pleasant voice, but I was was watching the woman’s facial expressions, alternating between looking pleased and then not so much. 🙂
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    1. Ha! Ha!

      That’s what I wanted to point out. The old Indian cinema was about wooing the coy, shy, value-oriented Indian girl. And the way the filming was done was a bit odd and hilarious at the same time.

      We were to visit Kusadasi and Epheus too, but knocked it off our itinerary, as it was getting way too packed. There’s only that much you can do. 🙂 And I prefer slow travel.

      Yes, my intention in the coming months is to stay healthy and healed too.

      Great to see you swing by, dear Debbie.

  12. What a beautiful post, Natasha. A beautiful place and I’ve always waned to see the balloons in person. Never have, but would love to.

    Aw on the kitty. What a beautiful cat.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend. Love and hugs, my friend. ♥
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  13. I have another blogging friend who also fell in love with Turkey and visited last summer. Like you, she absolutely loved it. Her photos were mostly of Istanbul. Such beautiful architecture. I am loving seeing your photos as well. The ballon festival is breathtaking/

  14. Sorry you and your daughter have the flu, dear Natasha, but we hope you both feel better soon ♥
    We also loved to be in Turkey and we had the same feeling about homecoming too 😀 And so many doggies and kitties walked around. They were very well and respectful treated by most of the people, that felt very good ♥ Your pictures are fantastic again, especially the balloons…WOW! We see them flying near and over our house effurry year, so now we know where they coming from…MOL…
    Healing Pawkisses for a Happy Healthy Weekend and wonderful week ahead ♥♥♥
    Ps We’ll subscribe again, as we didn’t get an update on your bloggie.
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