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... to Islam. Has huge pillars, had the largest dome in Ancient Europe. From there we went to Topkapi Palace , it has stood for 3 centuries built by the Ottomans for the Sultans after the conquest of Constantinople in 1493.It is now a museum, houses a great amount of treasure, an 86 carat diamond, an uncut emerald weighing 7 pounds , all kinds of jewelry. Unfortunately it began to pour rain so we went inside and had a typical ...
... The wind picked up and was icy cold even with the warm sun on us. We spent the afternoon wandering around, James tried a traditional hot drink off a street vendor (vanilla, milk, honey, rosebud, cinnamon and a few other things) that tasted like a custard or eggnog sort of thing. We tried a different place for dinner, not as nice as the last few nights but it reflected in the price. I had a vegetable Kebap and James had a chicken sish, once again we were given apple tea after our ...
We started our morning by heading to Hagia Sophia. The interesting thing about Hagia Sophia is that it was originally a Church, later a Mosque and now a Museum.
The church was richly decorated in mosaics, following the conversation into a mosque many of the mosaics were covered with plaster. Today, the plaster has been pulled back and shows the mosaics that once decorated the church.
From here we decided to check to see if ...
... It gets rather annoying after awhile and you have to be almost rude to get past them. We saw some begging – a small boy sitting on steps with his head bowed; a young mother wearing a burka sitting on the ground holding her child with one arm and her other palm held out. Fortunately we haven’t seen many slums, but I really have no idea how bad the poverty is here. I really wanted a fish sandwich here, as they’d been ...
... then we were back in the European part of Turkey. A very moving visit to Gallipoli was a highlight of the trip. The tour leader told the story of an outnumbered Turkish force defending their shores from the top of the ridge as the Australian and New Zealand forces mounted a dawn attack on their country. We hear about this every Anzac Day and see many pictures, but, until you are there, you don't realise the immensity of the task that was ahead of the ANZACS, nor the bravery ...