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... ended on a sour note. After a long-term alliance with both Britain and France in a unified effort to curtail Russia’s influence over the Black Sea, Sultan Mehmed VI formed an alliance with Germany and the Central Powers. During the war, the Ottomans took advantage of the European powers' preoccupation with the war and conducted large-scale ethnic cleansing of Greek, Assyrian and Armenian Christians living within the borders of the Empire.
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... partake in some shithouse airport food, benefit being the language barrier made it cheaper and we got free internet.
A 15 minute delay stretched out to over an hour but we decided to check through security anyway. This was another adventure all on its own with the friendly but possibly tipsy security guard wanting to inspect the entirety of Brendons bag taking a comical interest in the various cords and accessories for all our electronics.
Once through though we ...
... Was bread and meat. Of course, each slightly differing from the one before. Perhaps my favourite dish (desert) was baklava; not only did this piece of heaven leave you on a high (undoubtedly because of the high sugar content), it included includes layers of filo dough filled with nuts, (more) sugar and cinnamon covered in honey... Delicious!
My 25th Birthday abroad will be hard to beat, but the challenge is definitely there..after all, the world is my ...
... with it's genuinely dazzling mosaics from c, 1300
- the mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, completed in 1557, this is the finest work of architect Sinan; its interior is simple elegance
- the view of the Golden Horn from the Pierre Lotti cafe
- the Grand Bazaar: the world's original shopping mall at the western end of the spice route, it is a rabbit warren of ...
... several buses without getting lost! We felt we were over a hurdle!
As for our tourist jaunts:
The Dolmabache Palace built in the mid 19 th century and set on the waterfront of the Istanbul Strait with its wonderful gardens is mind boggling in its opulence. The sultan of the time gave an "open chequebook" in order to create a showpiece for his empire. Built in a European style, it boasts ...