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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
The Ottoman Empire led by Mehmed and his son almost conquered the world, but were stopped by the Hapsburgs at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. It is hard to imagine what it would be like if they had succeeded, but there is a place where one can experience a city and a culture reflective of a rich history of seafaring explorers and conquerors, wondrous …
... not. Could never get the Wifi to work. Oh well. The service on the flight was first class and the food as good as any restaurant. I especially enjoyed the Turkish coffee. I got about 6 hours sleep and am ready to go. The flight into Istanbul crossed over the point where Europe and Asia almost touch. It was cool. We were a little worried about navigating the Istanbul airport so Mom asked another passenger that she had overheard worked for Exxon Mobile and he ...
Our new tour group was visiting the attractions that we had seen last Friday, so we caught the bus with them into the Old Town, then had the day to explore and get a real feel for Istanbul, as we hadn't had time to do any exploration on our own. We walked for seven wonderful hours and, as it was Sunday, early in the day, the streets were relatively empty. First we headed for the Underground Cistern, a vast cavern that provided a ...
... had a taste of the south as we sat beneath a magnolia tree to rest in the shade before our next adventure at the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
After lunch we visited a few other historical spots - my favorite being the underground cisterns, We were reminded of the myth of Medusa as there are two stone head representing her in the very last area of the cistern. It is truly wondrous to imagine people building such ...
... of Turkish and I know the chants! Clap clap clap TURK-I-YE!! So cultured. We visited the Blue Mosque in time for afternoon prayer, the Hagia Sophia with an added photography lesson, The Grand Bazaar (no items bought I thank you!) and eaten kebabs everyday! Tomorrows plan is to visit the Topkapi Palace and get Boggy a Turkish shave. So nearing the end of my time here and full of meat, bread and culture I'm ready for India. Certainly ready for the bloody ...
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