2006 – Istanbul, Turkey

I was one week in Istanbul, on the border between Europe and Asia.

Sultanahmet is the historic center of Istanbul.

20 photos.

Hagia Sophia

This was the largest church in the world for 1000 years.

11 photos.

Dolmabahçe Palace

The European-style Dolmabahçe Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1853 to 1923.

15 photos.


2006 – Moscow, Russia

We were in Moscow a week in September/October.
By day

Moscow has lots of churches, Stalin skyscrapers and corrupt policemen.

21 photos.

By night

Moscow by night also has its share of corrupt police officers.

8 photos.


Russia is ruled from inside the walls of the Kremlin.

11 photos.


2006 – Azerbaijan

I visited Baku in June, 2006, and then took the night train onwards to Tbilisi in Georgia.

Over two million people currently live in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The name of the city is derived from the Persian word for "wind".

34 photos.

Absheron peninsula

The Absheron peninsula, where Baku sits on the tip, has been the site of oil production since the 1870s, and it is today one of the most polluted places on Earth.

6 photos.


2006 – Georgia

I arrived in Georgia by train, and what I saw made me sceptical... until I saw the center or Tbilisi, which is a charming city.

The capital and biggest city of Georgia is full of churches.

22 photos.


2006 – Norway

Spring is my favorite season in Norway.

The World's largest cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, stopped in Oslo from the 26th to the 27th of April, on her maiden voyage.

9 photos.

West coast

We toured the west of Norway, together with my husband's mother and aunt. We saw Roms valley, Ålesund, Jølster, Bergen and Voss.

31 photos.


Warm days in Oslo are best spent at sea.

11 photos.