Istanbul is like an unmixed dough, as you walk through the cobblestone streets, you realized there are pockets of barely stirred Eastern mysticism that hasn’t quite blended with the modernity of the West. I felt like a time traveler, that kept getting pulled into black holes, popping in and out between the past and the future. Istanbul not only joins continents but it joins cultures, history waiting every time you turn the corner.
We planned to follow California Highway One from the SFO Bay to Santa Monica and back. This two lane highway clings to the state’s western edge and offers views of some of the best landscapes in California. Winding north from Sausalito through Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, the road follows the coastal contours, rising and falling, zig-zagging around coves and curving around hillsides slopes that drop dramatically to the sea.