Puzzling over Turkey
Taking tours of Turkey is a great way to get some photos for a new jigsaw puzzle. I was just over at jigsaw planet where I saw this pretty photo of the Aspendos Theater in the Antalya region of Turkey. The lighting was great and the photo was stunning. One of the things that stood out most to me was the way the light hit the ancient sandstone and made the golden colors light up the frame. I love composition in photos and this one was well composed by the photographer.
If you want to get your own content to create puzzles at jigsaw planet then you just may want to take a trip to Turkey where you can visit places like Aspendos or Ephesus. The Cappadocian sunsets are also very beautiful and there is always something tasty to eat and something beautiful to see in Instanbul.
My latest trip to Turkey turned up some great photos and I think it is only fitting to share a few of those pictures with you here. Maybe I’ll make a few online puzzles out of these or just leave them for you to enjoy. Puzzles are really expensive these days in the stores but you can create your own for free online. If you really enjoy puzzling though then you know there’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when you snap that last piece in and know that the pain in your neck was well earned getting each piece where it needs to be.
The last time I was in Ephesus they told me that the residential area’s marble and frescoes were like a 200,000 piece puzzle that took their team of archaeologists several years to piece together. When I was in Arslantepe in Malatya I found this great picture of a pot that had been pieced and glued together. Archaeologists are some of the few professionals who get to put puzzles together for a living. Imagine how annoying it would be to get most of your puzzle done and then find that the main pieces were missing. This is what it is like to be an archaeologist working in an area where travelers can come and see the puzzles you put together.
Luxury Tours of Turkey Puzzles
The Turkish word for a puzzle is yapboz which means literally make and break. This is fitting for the broken shards of pottery and stone, marble and glass that are found and reassembled to make beautiful restorations in these ancient cities. Another form of puzzle making would be the mosaic. Mosaics have a long history in this part of the world and some of the best known mosaics of all time are found in Turkey. A brief visit will afford you the luxury of seeing the Chora Church Mosaics in Istanbul.
Most common tours of Istanbul will not take you through this beautiful church as it is at a slight distance from the Sultanahmet Square but if you get a luxury or custom tour of the area then you can enjoy the best of both worlds with a transit man and a guide you can see the mosaics at the Hagia Sophia and the Chora Church Museums.
Make sure you take the time to put the pieces together and visit www.gotourturkey.com