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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... the world's grandest cathedral when it was built in 537 CE ( it was converted into a mosque in the 16th century). The last stop of the day was Topaki Palace, the former home of Turkey's Sultans, whose treasures include priceless paintings, jewel-encrusted swords and delicate porcelains. This was a lot to cover in one day due to the crowds...and remember most of the locals are not out due to Ramandan so I can only imagine how crowded it would be otherwise. There was also the gay ...
... they have had documented history for hundreds and hundreds of years, the continent is full of learning.
It is hard to travel for three months. I would love to continue to travel, but I want to travel for smaller periods of time like a couple weeks instead. You miss a lot when you leave.
European food is really good and healthy most times, but Americanized food had more flavor. Also spicy food it not to be taken for granted ...
We had a one-hour transit to the Doubletree Hotel on the Asian side of the Bosporus where we will be staying for three nights. There we met three more of our group: Arna and Marty, traveling companions from our trip to South Africa in 2010 and a new traveling companion, Richard from Atlanta.
The only activity this evening was a delightful dinner on our own at a ...
... bed and commented. I say, " Listen, dude, I hauled those things from Paris!"
Showering, unpacking, eating, unpacking, eating and organizing consumed the rest of the day but now our suitcases were empty, our clothes organized in the closets and with one exception, all souvenirs intact. Yes, Nickole, the ball made it. It should be safe until the plane trip.
Mom had prime rib for dinner so she's feeling better. There were ...
... br> - Listened to the Muslim prayer call resound through the city five times a day.
- Saw a fisherman accidentally catch a seagull on the Galata Bridge.
- Experienced classic turkish hospitality from my friend Ersagun.
- Got a 360 degree tour of Istanbul from the Galata tower, courtesy of my friend Ersagun and his classic Turkish hospitality.
- Was overloaded with history in the Istanbul Archeology ...