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... It was formed in 1923 at the end of the Ottoman Empire. It consists of over 302,000 square miles and has 76 million people. Istanbul alone is more than 15 million people, making it the second largest city in the Middle East. (Cairo is the largest.)
Our trip originated Friday in Boston, where we picked up Paige and Madison from summer camp and drove to a friend's house for an evening of lobster and laundry. (Thanks, Marti!) ...
... trip back was not! Our tour bus was caught in the worst traffic jam I'm ever experienced os even heard about -- two km in an hour! Finally our tour guide suggested we walk and so we did, leaving the bus far behind. After putting down our things and changing we had a very relaxed drink on the rooftop terrace and went to ...
We visited the Blue Mosque, or the Sultan Ahmet Camii, as the Turks call it. It’s called the “blue” mosque because of the blue tiles that are all over the walls and ceiling. The Mosque was built from 1609-1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. It is still popularly used as a mosque.
98% of Turkey’s population is ...
... trying to get a free meal!
Later on we reached the Spice Bazaar, that how its name suggests it’s full of different spices and a lot of snacks, called Turkish Delights. It started to rain a bit so we got some refugee in the New Mosque where we chilled until the rain got a little bit softer. The good thing about Mosques is that they are a lot more comfortable that churches, mainly because of the big rug that covers the floor.
From here we went to ...
... of the Ottoman Empire, and the beginning of its long decline. (Each of the sultan's wives and concubines
wanted her own son to succeed to the throne because then she, the mother, would become Valide Sultan (Queen Mother), the second-most powerful position in the empire.)
Although the pasha was among the wealthiest men in the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power and glory, as the sultan's humble servant, it was not Rüstem's place to build a ...