I just returned from the 30th Jerusalem Winter School in Theoretical Physics. It was an intensive school focusing on modern cosmology and galaxy formation with lectures from experts in the field. You can watch the lectures on online here and you can find the slides of the lectures here. In addition to just attending lectures in a boring conference room I of course got out and saw some sights in Israel like the old city of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, and Masada. Since I was in the region I also struck out to Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul is a place I have always wanted to see for the history, culture, and people. It was a long and winding trip and to sum it all up here are a few pictures.The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
Candles being lit in a church.
An old column outside Mary's tomb.Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. Galata tower at night.
Nusretiye Mosque near the Istanbul Modern Art Museum.
Nuruosmaniye Mosque. The crescent moon is one the symbols of Turkey.
Alexander's Sarcophagus which is actually not his Sarcophagus but probably that of some governor of Sidon.
Basilica Cistern is a 6th century Byzantine construction near the Hagia Sofia that held water for the city. It is quite eerie.
Hagia Sofia taken during sunset.