Grand Merin Hotel
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... the Sultan Osman I conquered Constantinople, the church was turned into a mosque. Rrecently the government felt that there was no need for a mosque so close to the Blue Mosque, so they made the site a museum. It is most interesting architecturally as it was the first building in the world to have a round dome over a square building. The Pantheon was the first domed building, but its dome was over a round building. Fortunately for posterity, the ...
... hero fell’
‘He lives with us in memory & will for evermore – His loving mother’
‘A life of promise closed’
'How can a man die better than facing fearful odds’
‘A true Australian who gave his life in freedom’s cause’
‘Too far away your grave to see, but not too far to think of thee’
And then we were at Anzac Cove itself; small, peaceful, clear blue water, a ...
... of Troy, and the kaleidoscope of culture and experience of Istanbul, it was a major highlight in my European adventure. Everyone's experience will be different. I was fortunate that mine was a combination of good and bad as it provided Josh and me with a well-rounded cultural experience. Not to mention, when you're there, you will find yourself singing that age-old Four Lads classic song- "Istanbul was Constantinople...." Shhhh! it will get in my head again...."Istanbul"
... the 6th largest diamond in the world on display. We also visited the Harem section of the palace where all the girls were living and the wives and the living quarters of the Sultan.
All the furniture is now gone but could imagine all the Turkish carpets and wall hangings adorning the walls and ceilings here.
Our guide was very informative and was interesting to learn from a local about the culture of their country and also the politics which ...
... if I didn't give nerd credit where it's due: While sprinting through the caves, I totally felt like Gollum from the Hobbit, as he chased after Bilbo and his ring. I even posed for a quick picture with my very own ring.
Ihlara Valley was my favorite place across the entire region of Kapadokya. My experience there started off perfectly with a relaxing lunch on the river. I say "on the river" because our table ...