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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... br> -turkou create local music via anonymous songs
-ashick newer folk music and write their own songs
-turkou sing classic songs and sometimes rehash them
-folk music contains real life events or folk lore
-95% of folk music has lyrics
-Turkish instruments: tambur, 7 string instrument, pear shaped, light and easy to have
-baklamalou, popular in modern Turkey, light and ...
... hounds at your heels. More dogs join in because they don't want to be left out. The record was having a pack of 9 dogs following you, into shops and cafes if necessary!
Highlight: Meeting old and new friends, finding an empty mosque one morning (Sehzade) and lying on the floor, gazing at the incredible ceiling.
Lowlight: An overdose of turkish food leaving me unable to venture far from the toilet.
Anyway, enough reading, go look at the photos! ...
Veil or no veil....the sultan and sultana of Wallalong had a pretty fun day!! We started early at Topckapi Palace....where we learned a thing or two about harems, court life and black and white eunuchs....not to mention seeing an enormous collection of royal treasure...enough to get any imagination fired up...so it was off to the grand bazaar to look at sultan gear and carpets....the spice market was incredible...see pics.....tired, haven't managed to have that bath yet!! Love to you ...
... And off we go. Every part of Istanbul we drive through they tell me the name of... They explain that there are only 2 main highways and they run parallel, opposite ways. This surprises me since I learn that there are over 12 million people living here. No wonder the homes are so close together and there are so many neighborhoods.
The little boy, Ege, falls asleep fast. When the father slows down fast his head ...
... road and once he found we were Australians he said he had been taught by an Aussie woman. Invited us to his bazaar for a tea but it turned out he was a carpet shop spruker and as soon as he got us in the door he disappeared. It was a sensational selling job as the "owner" of "antique" carpets did a great job selling to Karen. He gave up on me pretty quickly but paid lot of attention to finding Karen a runner and some were indeed beautiful. Bought out a rug (not a runner) which was ...