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Turkey is warm, friendly, a mix of Asian religions (all the world's major religions are Asian) and European political ideals, and a metropolis of twenty million, spanning two continents. You can hear the Moslem call to prayer while sitting in a Christian church, which was built from the rubble of city walls built by pre-Christian Romans. Not a wealthy ...
It's cold and wet today. We are driving to Yalova to catch the ferry back to Istanbul. At Iznik, an ancient town, founded 1000bc, which has the remains of roman walls around the it, was the meeting of christian councils in 325 ad which shaped and united todays christianity, is situated on the edge of a large lake and it is the centre of the Turkish decorative tile industry. We stop for coffee, we would like to look around but it raining so hard, we decide not to. ...
... we got a sense if the beauty that is being revealed. Across a park lies the Blue Mosque - arguably the most iconic and recognisable monument in Istanbul, and it made sense to go across there directly from Ayasofya. Annoyingly, we arrived just as the afternoon prayers were about to start - and the mosque closes for visitors, so we had to wait and queue outside for a while. During that time the kids became the photographic subject matter for a pack ...
We had considered doing a full day Bosphorus cruise (right up to the Black sea), however we finally chose to go for the shorter cruise so that we could spend a little more time wandering the streets of the old Istanbul as well.
The Bosphorus cruise was quite interesting and offered a lovely breeze and some rest for our legs after all the walking we have been doing!
... were the elements. The wind in particular made it very difficult to keep the sheet music in place. The wind also created excess noise within the instrument mic which at times muffled the sound of the chordal guitar accompaniment. Despite some of the difficulties, I found the performance overall to be a great success. My favorite part of the cultural education of the day was the sultan's palace, especially the national ...