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October 19 Heathrow to Istanbul Turkey Left from Heathrow this morning and landed at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. This is really the beginning of my grand adventure. Debbie Castrey's daughter , Miranda, put me in touch with a friend of hers in Istanbul that agreed to meet me at the airport and take me for a tour. However, our wires got crossed somehow. I feel so bad. I am sure she went to a lot of trouble to be here, but I ...
... and the 300 or so women were watched carefully by black eunuchs. These eunuchs were men from North Africa who were castrated at a young age. One rose to the position of "Lord of the Harem", the third most powerful position in the Empire. Not only was he responsible for the harem but also the education of the crown prince. This close relationship with the future sultan undoubtably carried with it much influence.
The women of the harem ...
Monday, July 14 2014
*Now that we have arrived in the Muslim part of the world, I must remember to wear earplugs when sleeping. Our delightful hotel is surrounded by mosques and the dawn call to prayer is louder than any alarm clock – and goes on longer.
*Another day of rest, another laundry day in the bathroom.
*It's a hot sunny day.We decide to guide ourselves around the main sights of the ...
... Museum, had a quick lunch, found the carpet place recommended by our Greek trip companions, wandered through the Grand Bazaar, walked back to our hotel via the Hippodrome looking at the obelisks and found a new car group to look at. This group is from Germany and travelling in a group of 300 vehicles to Jordan with supplies for a Children's Hospital. They sell the cars and donate the money to the charity and fly home. Whew!
Dinner tonight at ...
... Hagia Sophia in the flesh was breath taking. Hagia Sophia, originally a Christian basilica was built in 360 A.D., then turned mosque, and now it is a museum. The Hagia Sophia is an amazing Byzantine structure that was a brilliant mix of Christianity and Islam. The way that both designs can live in harmony in this massive structure is incredible. It gets to the point where it is hard to describe this magnificent place without downplaying its beauty. Very close ...