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For me the most exciting visual experience of the cruise was the Rumeli Fortress wall and towers on the European side of the river. Located just south of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, the fortress was built by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, in his drive to conquer Constantinople and thus defeat the Byzantine Empire. This was in 1453 AD and it is a huge historical event in world history.
When Mehmed II took Constantinople, he effectively absorbed ...
... so much the case elsewhere.
... station with plenty of loo - always welcome. The minute the bus stopped and we were off, the bus was washed top to toe - gleaming once again for the next leg of the trip! By the way, did I mention that the bus has in built wifi? Very convenient! At last intO real country side - rolling hills, small villages, each with their own mosque. Main ...
... several very heavy planters it looked nearly impossible to get around the tightest corner yet and the driver had us wedged in with no real options, and blocking all the roads in the intersection. Something had to move and it couldn't be the bus. The planters were quickly determined to be too heavy and small to be moved safely, so a group of nearby men came to the rescue and moved the parked car by rocking ...
... to when we were here 29/30 years ago. It is obvious that life is a lot better for many people, just look at the many luxury cars in spite of the whopping $8.50 a gallon, yes you red that right $8.50 A GALLON!
Istanbul has lots of great food, Turkish and International. Dishes we ate at the restaurants on our little tourist street were quite good too, just a bit pricey. Lots of places have ...