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... are the few remaining Christian mosaics that were mostly removed or plastered over. There are a couple of fantastic examples still in place that have been beautifully restored and it gives you the smallest example of what the church must have looked like in the 1300’s and before. While we were there they were doing quite a bit of renovation work but it was still very impressive to see the scale of the building and the unique combination of Islamic symbols and ...
After a short and smooth flight from Bucharest, we arrived in Istanbul and after a little chaos at the taxi rank trying to find our driver, were soon whisked away into the relative calm of an air conditioned Mercedes Sprinter and catching our first glimpses of the big city sights as we
headed to our apartment in the Tophane/Galato area of the city.
We’ve really enjoyed our five days here. Istanbul is such a lively city ...
... placed on some wheeled type vehicle and pulled by 500 slaves up the hill from the ocean in order toget it to its current location. At theother end there is another structure resembling a gazebo. I think Ali stated that the course held approximtely 50,000 spectators.
From the Hippodome we walked to the Topkapi Palace, walking though the grand grounds, courtyards, gates and buildings to view how they lived several centuries ago. ...
... were found. In order to avoid Nuruosmaniye (and a walk through the bazaar), I took the tram to Beyazit, on the southwest side of the bazaar. I walked around to the north and suddenly found myself surrounded by scarf shops. Feeling like a rockstar, and slightly less worried about impending Alzheimer's, I looked in each window and wondered why everyone was ignoring me. Finally I stopped to talk to a friendly-looking shopkeeper. She very apologetically told me ...
... 287;lu and Skoog, the fusion of pop music with folk music has become a popular. Pop folk fusion, as it has been coined by Anadolu Rock (Anatolian Rock), drew less from popular form of the Mediterranean and more from Euro-American popular music, particularly rock and roll.
There are many Turkish and Greek pop artists but it is worth taking a look at examples of musicians and singers who ...