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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Total Eclipse

Today I read on the newspaper that some lucky few on the French Polynesia will observe a total solar eclipse. A very rare, extraordinary and a mystical experience.

I had the chance to see one on March 2006.When my friends invited me for the trip to see the eclipse, I was reluctant to go because it was visible on Side, a town on the Mediterranean coast which requires a 10 hours drive from İstanbul by bus. Well, to tell you the truth I wasnt thinking that it was such a big deal. How wrong could I be??

Finally I said yes and hopped on the bus with the rest. I was more interested to see the antic city of Side. At the end of the day it was a double bonus for me. I watched a wonderful show of the nature near the ancient pillars of Side.

We were lucky because it was a bright day with no clouds on the sky and the total darkness lasted couple minutes. I was expecting a semi darkness but it was dark as night.

But for some a nap was more important than everything. I remember taking this photo of a local just couple minutes before the eclipse.. 


Well, if you have a list of something like ''100 things to do before I die'' make one of the items 'to see a total solar eclipse' Its really a once in a life time experience.

9 comments:

  1. I think I saw the same eclipse in 2006 but here in France. I still have the special glasses from that time. These are special events.

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  2. Thanks for showing us all the fun and funny things that go with the eclipse-viewing.
    So it becomes totally dark?
    Fantastic photo of the darkened sun.

    Too bad we can go see the coming eclipse.
    BUT our area will see the Perseids meteor shower on August 12!

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  3. I loved the pictures and your anecdotes to go along. Eclipse is fascinating, huh? So is a nap though....

    Love to you
    Gail
    peace and hope....

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  4. I remember seeing one when i was in grade school and we had to view it through a pin holoe in cardboard. And even then we were only told to look at its shadow. So they have special glasses now? I love those columns on the beach! There are so many amazing places in the world that I hope to see one day. Until then, I'll just come to your blog! Thank you! Jennifer:)

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  5. Wonderful pictures. What a great experience.

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  6. what a great experience and such a beautiful place to view one :) lucky you!

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  7. Lovely pictures!! I saw one in 1991, it was visible in Mexico and it was predicted by the Mayas 600 years ago. It was pretty cool to see the day turn night for a couple of minutes...

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