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... at times inquiring about their respective families.
I was honored and blessed for this day. Patriarch Bartholomew is a great & honorable man, worldly with a keen sense of history and love for Christ, the Church and the faithful.
Tomorrow (Thursday) I am returning to Virginia. Lydia will pick me up at Dulles airport. I look forward to a lengthy hot shower, my comfortable bed and see my family - and, not necessarily in that ...
... and it was turned into a mosque. In fact, the goal of the Blue Mosque, and the Suleimaniye Mosque in Istanbul as well, was to outdo Hagia Sophia in grandeur. I’m not sure the great Ottoman architect succeeded, although both are impressive buildings in their own right. It is perhaps no accident that less than 50 years after the Moslen takeover that the Pope began construction on St. Peter’s to create an even more monumental “Greatest Church ...
8am start for a pleasant ferry crossing from Canakkale to Gallipoli across the Dardanelles. Our fist stop was the new museum that was not there in when Rae and I visited in 2010. The museum was simply set out but had an amazing dramatic account of the war from a Turkish perspective. Visitors moved through twelve different rooms as a group.some of the rooms had you standing on the deck of a ship where the floor moved to give an impression of being in battle. In two of the rooms 3D ...
... known as the Circumcision Room (built in 1640), was empty as we stepped in. It is known for rare specimens of Ottoman tiles.
We made our way toward the Harem, stopping into the Imperial Counsel chamber on the way, another glitzy room with colorful walls and ceilings.
As we made our way into the harem, which contain the apartments for the Sultan, his mother and crown prince, we began ...
... Some of the blurb recommends not to drive in Istanbul if you can help it, now well understood. Generally the other drivers give us enough room.
We spent the rest of the day with good friends Judy and Roger Quick. Judy is the navigator and Roger is the fount of all knowledge, well, a lot more than easily gleaned than from guide books. The Grand Bazaar, Valens Aqueduct and the Suleymaniye Mosque were the targets today.
We also scored some ...