Pera City Suites
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... made it stunningly beautiful. blue tiles - 21,000 of them. red carpets. the faithful men kneeling in prayer. the heathen women visitors trying to keep their loaner head scarves on while the turkish women made it look beautiful and easy. marble all thick and luscious everywhere. awe-some and I can only begin to imagine how incredible it would be if you were muslim. we also went to the hagia sophia. its story goes something like this: some famous dude built a church. then ...
So was world Turkey expert Bernard Matthews correct in his oft advertised appraisal of Turkey?
It was a culture shock from the off after the immaculate rule abiding experience that was Japan to be thrust into a busy chaotic city which staddles Europe and Asia. For once I had pre-booked accommodation and just had to find it. This entailed a fairly horrific tram ride - at about 2pm on Tuesday afternoon - where I was crammed like a sardine in with a hugely ...
... was conquered by the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Mehmed II, who ordered this main church of the Orthodox Christianity converted into a mosque. By this point, the Church had fallen into a state of disrepair. Nevertheless, the Christian cathedral made a strong impression on the new Ottoman rulers and they decided to convert it into a mosque. The bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels and other relics were removed and the mosaics depicting Jesus, his Mother Mary, ...
... this area is - and as much as we have enjoyed the tourist sites, we also loved being part of a 'normal' Istanbul neighbourhood'.
Our delightful guide, Olga, led the 6 of us through the narrow back streets to enjoy:
- a traditional Turkish breakfast with tomato based dishes and strong tea
- sampling Baklava from a famous, traditional bakery
- a stop for strong sweet (traditionally brewed) Turkish coffee in a lovely quiet lane-way ...
Gobble Gobble, we made it to Turkey, the land of no turkeys (we thought they'd be everywhere).
After our time in the Middle East, making our way into Europe is a real awakening that our trip is wrapping up, with our departure to the Americas in a month. We have many emotions, with bittersweet being at the top of the list. There is sadness that this travel adventure is towards the end, and happiness that we have home sweet home in our sights. ...