Hagia Sophia Museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) - Istanbul, Turkey

When I was in Istanbul, one of the fascinating places that I visited was Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya).  It's the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul and an amazing example of the Byzantine architecture that still exists today, not to mention well over a thousand years old!  In the Byzantine period, Hagia Sophia was the largest operating cathedral throughout Istanbul and the main location for the crowning ceremonies of rulers.  The Hagia Sophia of today is in its third construction and operates as a museum - Ayasofya Müzesi - one of the most prominent and most visited in the world, according to its website.  This Turkish landmark has a very interesting history leading up to the point when it was converted into a museum.

TJMaxx Homegoods Heaven: Garden Stools, Planters and Decor for Spring, plus the African Bazaar is back!

Well, I slipped up the other day and walked into a TJMaxx Homegoods…  Tun-tun-tun…  As expected, there were so many beautiful things to fend off.  So ya know, it appears they've just received a big shipment of African decor because the bazaar is in full swing over there!  Also, gardening stuff galore just in time for spring…  Lots of planters, bird houses, garden stools, stone mushrooms/birds/pigs/owls - you name it.  Take a look...