Returning from drinking a sage tea in a cafe near some tombs I get off the tram; the cars screech to a halt at the red light as I dodge by the man selling dancing mutant zebras. People are buying clothes from a pile on the pavement as a salesman calls out the prices. The humidity is high. A stallholder is pressing fresh orange juice and the restaurant is still open; men are sitting on wooden chairs on the pavement chatting as the traffic zooms by on the flyover. Cats meow and hiss over a discarded kebap. Dolmus, to go, is waiting to travel to a distant suburb. The tour operator still wants me to go to Armenia tomorrow. It is midnight in Aksaray in Istanbul.

julian200Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at