Boutique St Sophia Hotel
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... Roman Empire, which was also called Nova Roma, New Rome. The city became the greatest and richest in the world, and the Patriarch in Constantinople a figure of at least the stature of the Pope in Rome.
Without going too deeply into the history of this area—there is a reason they call complex problems Byzantine—it is enough to know three dates. First, the year 1054, the official date when the Roman and Constantinople Churches split in the ...
... Gilmour Girls. I used to love the show in Perth. Made me think of my life in Mulalloo. Those three eps made three hours pass pretty quick, but unfortunately that's all the eps they have. Now I'm watching a very lame TV show called The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to Sex And The City which follows Carrie's life pre NYC. I never knew the show existed and I wish I never did - it's horrible not at all what her life should have been like. She's everything she's not in NYC. I feel ...
... me with a facial massage, home cooked Iranian food and mechanic help. Next stop is Ankara, where I spend a relaxed time with my friend Elif (and fix my failing brakes). Too soon on my way again, towards and along the Black Sea coast, with a visit to a hamam, exploring UNESCO towns Safranbolu and Amasra, enjoying the beach life and the Green Hill-Sea views. Now in Istanbul…
Jumping back in time I am still relaxing at ...
... before Istanbul, we hit suburbia and our solitude came to abrupt end. Eventually, we ended in bumper to bumper traffic caused by minor accident. We expected to get in at 1 pm and made it at 2:30pm. Like any big city, it is nerve-wracking to navigate the cloverleaves, one way streets, and getting stuck behind trucks picking up garbage. But Tom-Tom delivered us pretty close to our hotel.
Today was mostly mosque day, which meant jeans in the hot 32C weather...Again, lots of architecture and artsy stuff, but super impressive and historic, specially as more and more is learned (or relearned) about all these very old and important empires, wars and cultures that led to where we our today.
HUMUNGOUS BLUE MOSQUE:
The Ottomans controlled Arabia for a long ...