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... is my magic carpet.... I am grateful to Tour D'Afrique and Shanny for being up front that this was not a genteel, fully- supported tour for the faint of heart or high-maintenance rider. That being said, Shanny and his staff were always pleasant, professional, safety-minded and really made the last couple of weeks even better than I'd expected. I'm also really grateful to all the riders who put others first, always more concerned about the group than ...
Started my day at the Blue Mosque, my hostel is literally a 3 minute walk. Went inside and walked around... it was impressive but no St. Peter's. Also there were lots of wires which hurt the view of the ceiling.Then headed over to Hagia Sophia but you need to pay to get in there and there was a big line so I figured I'd just get the museum hopper pass and do that, topkapi, archeological museum, and maybe some others all at once tomorrow.
From there I ...
Today we set out at 8.30am and visited the Hagia Sophia. Even though we had visited this church before, it still fascinates and amazes us. Originally a church for over 1,000 years before being used as a mosque for hundreds of years and now a museum, the Christian frescoes were only plastered over and able to be uncovered. Both Muslim and Christian artefacts are to be seen in ...
... seem to mind too much because they were just eager to make noise (and they made A LOT of it). Meanwhile, the quieter kids became more motivated to participate because they had the real deal. It was still unfortunate, however, that all students could not have a real instrument and since the teacher had to spend so much time gathering the supplies, the actual noisemaking lacked structure or educational purpose. In another classroom, they were having their ...
First of all, thinking about my beautiful and amazing Grandmother... Today was her birthday, even though she isn't here anymore I think about her everyday. She was the most amazing Grandmother anyone could ever ask for, I am so lucky to have had her as my Grandma. Missing her everyday and I am so glad she is now resting peacefully.
Today was a bit of a rough day to start with, we got in from the ...
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