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I must apologise for the lateness of this blog. It has been quite a hectic week and I was unable to access internet and computers over the weekend for a number of reasons, which I will delve into in a moment.
So Turkey is an interesting place. We flew in straight from Vienna (where I left those playing at home last week) and arrived at Istanbul Airport late last Tuesday evening. Julie had booked this part of the tour without letting ...
After we went to Topkapi, we had an impromptu performance in an amphitheater near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. At first there weren't many people, but a fair crowd gathered after a few songs. First we sang a song called "Uskudar," which is an energetic sort of tune. It seems to be a song that many Turks recognize, because several people gathered when we started to sing it. Then we sang "Entarisi ...
... today after two days closed. When I had visited on my last trip there were no lines
I wandered thru the Arasta Bazaar which was all open today and found the place where I ...
tour day was hot and windy and I was tired, but the basics go something along
the lines of this: the ANZAC forces were given wrong landmarks and ended up
landing in the wrong place. A ship was also on fire in ANZAC Cove which acted
like a beacon alerting the Turkish forces of the landing. Thousands of men were
slaughtered on the first day, and thousands upon thousands more in the entire
time that the ANZAC and other forces fought in ...
... we sat down on the grass to listen to the audio guide. My hip was killing me and I thought I was not going to get up again. Bill had similar complaints about his legs. When did we get so old!?
As we were coming out of the Palace and were trying to orient ourselves, we ran into a local and his wife who thought we were American when he heard us speak. He told me that he initially he thought I was German by my appearance, I guess my heritage is showing through. ...