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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... social events (birth, marriage, death, feasts); and spiritual life.
· Through the centuries, singing of folk poetry was the sole musical entertainment of the Greek people, along with the accompanying musical instruments and dances
· folk music is deeply based on both traditions of Classical Greece and of the Byzantine Church
· Despite the influence from all different populations that have inhabited Greece through ...
... a fascinating place to visit. The iconic, much-visited Blue Mosque is probably more impressive from afar than on the inside. But the Hagia Sophia, the church of St Sophia, built in the 6th century and at the time, the world’s largest building is an incredible and impressive feat of engineering. After 1453 and the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, the building was turned into a mosque and remained as such until after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire when it became ...
... 80,000 troops were able to be evacuated successfully.
History lesson over! While at Gallipoli, we visited ANZAC
Cove, the first point of landing, where there is now a cemetery. We then
continued onto Lone Pine, one of the larger Australian and New Zealand cemeteries.
It is amazing the names you find, that are the names of people you now know!
The actual Lone Pine was destroyed by shelling, and two new Lone Pine's have
been planted since. Next ...
Off on a walk along the water front along the Sea of Marmara, the shore is of big black retaining rocks. Pretty soon cruise ships come into view approaching the Golden Horn, the easily defensible narrow waterway between the old and new cities. The open walkway leads to walled off railway construction. Only an overpass gives a good view of the waterway. That leads to the Orient Express Rail Station. This afternoon was orientation and a walk to the Spice Market with pointers along ...
... us to the Topkapi Palace instead. We decided to do the Palace some other time and navigated our way through the coble stoned streets to the Blue Mosque. The building is so impressive to see as you walk up to it and the lawns surrounding are really well manicured but the place was swarming with Bosphorous Boat operators and people trying to sell postcards to us. We ignored them, politely, and took some photos of the building. It was prayer time so we couldn't go ...