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Probably not the best way to start a holiday, rolling out of Abacus at 2:30am, into a cab to Jess' to have only a 20 mins sleep and getting up again to get a cab to Victoria to get our bus to Luton and losing my blackberry in between - Let's just I have been in a better state. After managing passing airport security and the panic of losing my …
How can one summarise a city of such importance? Believe me it is an almost impossible task..but I'll give it a shot.
1. Favourite book - "Istanbul" - Orhan Pamuk
2. Favourite sound - hearing the call to prayer from 6 different locations as we walk along the Golden Horn
3. Favourite view - from the Pierre Loti …
... of himself involved in various imperial pastimes. While the the more recent marble base has weathered badly over the centuries, the granite obelisk itself is as crisply cut and shiny as when it was carved in Upper Egypt some 3500 years ago!
Walking through the old city seemed like a walk through time. With more than a superficial interest in the history of world civilizations, years of watching documentaries and reading about the Byzantine and Ottoman ...
... the book is complete garbage: partly autobiography, party plagiarized poetry, party superficial historical analysis, partly quasi-spiritual ramblings, it’s difficult to read the book without laughing. The only way not to laugh is to imagine what would happen to a Türkmen who dared do so himself. Monuments to the book are everywhere, as are well-attended public readings.
Türkmenbaşy’s life clearly influenced ...
... grand Ottoman mausoleums.
“Must have been just for the bigwigs” comments Michael.
We pass a strange looking column, seemingly held up by metal rings, called Çemberlitaş. During the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine, it marked the centre of the Roman Forum and was topped with a splendid statue of Constantine depicted as the god Apollo. Now it’s just ...