Scratching the Surface

For the past four years, I was a California girl living in Istanbul. Come August when I fly off to my new destination, it will be difficult for me not to miss my beloved city by the water. So I thought it might be nice to put a small collection of some videos together as a tribute to my time in Istanbul.

This compilation does not come close in demonstrating everything I experienced  or felt in this charming city, but if I thought too hard and spent too much time, I would never finish. Istanbul was an experience of a lifetime and as such, the video below only scratches the surface.


  1. Debi Mauricio

    I love the difference between how you feel about Istanbul and how you felt about China. Night and day. I don’t know what your plans are, but I look forward to hearing all about it!

    1. Debi!!! Well you would feel the same, I am sure. Istanbul is one-of-a-kind. I felt very lucky to have spent 4 years of my life there. Heading to Dubai!!!! Very excited for my new adventure!!!

  2. Jude Pidgeon

    Thank you ,Claire. The video was lovely, old and new entwined together. I pray for the people there.

  3. The Traveler Heart

    I love Istanbul! I wish I could live there at some poing. And I loved this video really lovely. All the best!

  4. Wow! Claire you are always an inspiration of courage and adventure. Debi is correct to say your opinion of both China and Istanbul are completely different. I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing the world through your eyes. Where is your next adventure going to be? I can’t wait to read all about it.

    1. Thanks Julia! I am headed to Dubai next! Yes, Turkey and China… I never think about China but I miss Istanbul every day. Thanks again for reading my blog. It is much appreciated!

  5. Stephanie


  6. Thank you for sharing this. I love Istanbul, and I really like how you wove so many different scenes into your video!

    1. Thanks! There are so many more and because I love the city so much, I could have worked on it forever! Thank you again for the comment and for watching the video!!!

  7. Susan Wachowiak

    You reminded of the birds that circle the skies of Istanbul, breeze through, and reluctantly go on to new adventures. I know you loved the city and the people of Istanbul and you will miss them—They will also miss YOU!!!!!

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