Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... The musical patterns as well as the lyrics they use are anonymous. Asiks on the other hand, are people who mostly create music with their own lyrics or the lyrics of other asiks. As they are outside the local music culture and sing and play in their own unique styles, the personal quality of their music is more obvious.
Greek Folk Music
· Greek folk music may be divided into two main classifications: the music of the ...
... and people mingle VERY closely. What a dance!!! The survival of the fittest! Or fastest? or...is it the biggest?? motor scooters weave down a street full of pedestrians like an animal...Trucks, cars and buses drive maniacally fast if there is a 50 yard opening...for fear they might lose that possibility! No Southern politeness here! An opening through the traffic? Run through that opening! It may be your only chance. We are having our rental car deliver here ...
... perhaps even more ironic that the current and rather controversial Turkish prime minister, Erdogan now uses a section of the palace as his Istanbul “office” and according to our guide, spends much more time there than at his official office in Ankara with his 20-car convoys adding further to Istanbul’s traffic chaos!
Just a tiny taste of this fascinating city on this visit, but somehow I don’t think that it will be another 36 years until the next one…. ...
... When outside,
you wander why it is called the Blue Mosque, but then you get inside and you realize that it is because it is absolutely dripping in traditional blue
Turkish tiles. It is absolutely stunning. We girls all had to be covered from
head to foot basically, and some of the Turkish men thought this was quite
funny and tried to take photos of us, which was really embarrassing and rude.
After the Blue Mosque we had a look at some obelisks ...
... Bridge. The promoters of the restaurants under the bridge were a bit more aggressive and we could see men lined up above with their fishing lines hanging over into the water catching the smallest fish I'd ever seen. At the other side of the water we walked along the fish markets, the smell lingering in the air as we passed then walked through Bunnings alley, which was an alleyway full of home DIY items hence the name!
As we strolled along a Turkish ...
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