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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... and Mediterranean countries the seaside populations of Turkey enjoy a rich selection of fish and seafood. These are prepared in very specific ways. Garlic and olive oil are used liberally.
The differences between the old town and the new Istanbul are stark. The sheer volume of people remains the same between the two. However the new town is a fantastic modern city. Shopping, food and culture are all what you would expect in any modern western city. The ...
... been brought from
Egypt to Turkey as well as the outside of the Hagia Sophia, another mosque,
that was unfortunately closed. We were then blessed with a reprieve from the
heat as our tour guide lead us down to the Underground Cistern, a beautiful
eerie place that was used to store fresh drinking water for the city. After a
delicious lunch, we went and checked out Topkapi Palace, a palace of the
sultans including a harem. It was very decadent, with a ...
... we have no room, even though now we have two extra carry on bags)
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CARPETS AND KILIMS.
They are made by young girls in order to be sold so that they may have a dowry for when they get married.
A girl may only make 1-2 in their life time.
They dye the wool using natural materials, and weave them on a loom, by hand.
Each carpet could take years to complete- as they work on them just ...
... lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
These words, spoken by Ataturk in 1934, are carved on a monument in a cemetery by the beach on the Gallipoli peninsula where Australian and New Zealander soldiers landed during World War I (1915) in a fruitless attempt to conquer Constantinople. It turned out to be the last victory for the Ottoman Empire. We all felt moved by this ...
... and cucumber salad, and then going home to play cards and eat our delicious baklava that we picked up on the long walk back! The second day was dedicated to the Grand Bazaar! They were not kidding when they named it the GRAND bazaar, it is incredible. It goes on forever and ever. When you think you have seen it all it's most likely that you have only covered about a fourth. The place is a maze and you should plan on getting lost. We decided it was best to dedicate a ...