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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... suffered another fire. Not until 1956 was it fully restored again.
By 1550 sultan Süleyman the Magnificent was at the height of his powers. Having built a mosque for his son, he felt it was time to construct his own imperial mosque, an enduring monument larger than all the others, to be built on a gently sloping hillside dominating the Golden Horn. Money was no problem, since he had accumulated treasure from the booty of his campaigns in Europe and the Middle East. He ...
... and the wind was howling. still, we're proud we stood there and saw it all.
We got into the world's second largest city (something I wasnt aware of) at 6am. there was a free shuttle but it was only heading in the general area of Fatih and was going to be another 30 minutes. We negotiated with a cabbie and had a 20 minute ride to the hotel for 30 lira ( 10 pound). Thankfully there was someone waiting for us ...
... hero fell’
‘He lives with us in memory & will for evermore – His loving mother’
‘A life of promise closed’
'How can a man die better than facing fearful odds’
‘A true Australian who gave his life in freedom’s cause’
‘Too far away your grave to see, but not too far to think of thee’
And then we were at Anzac Cove itself; small, peaceful, clear blue water, a ...
... was really cool I was from the States. She inadvertently taught me some differences between American and Turkish culture. For example... when a girl gets close enough to you while dancing that your foreheads are touching... that does not mean what it means in America. Also, when a girl says "soon we'll go back to my place and smoke"... that does not have the innuendo it has in America. So eventually we split and I found Jess and ...
... the body of water that divides the city into the Old and New districts. I decided to walk back along the Golden Horn and then along the Sea of Marmara, a 4 hour stroll that took me though pleasant parks and by fisherman throwing their lines into the sea. It was an excellent way to say goodbye to this delightful city.
Today, after a quick trip back to the Grand Bazaar to purchase a Meerschum Pipe, I relocated to a ...