Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... of hours at blue mosque we hurried back to our hostel, excited to meet up two of our long lost friends Dani and Collo. For those who aren't aware we love these two and hadn't seen them since September 2011. As happens with close friends we pretty much picked up where we left off catching up as if nothing had changed and made our way to Aya Sofia. Aya Sofia whilst perhaps not as breathtaking from the exterior as blue mosque, gained points for its interior and the fact that it ...
... br> -turkou create local music via anonymous songs
-ashick newer folk music and write their own songs
-turkou sing classic songs and sometimes rehash them
-folk music contains real life events or folk lore
-95% of folk music has lyrics
-Turkish instruments: tambur, 7 string instrument, pear shaped, light and easy to have
-baklamalou, popular in modern Turkey, light and ...
... excited for the day or not adjusted to time zone.
Karpali Carsi – Grand Bazaar: Wowwwwww. The color is big. The bazaar is big. The reputation is intimidating but I had been looking forward to our excursion here for weeks! Despite horrid stories of pressure sales and difficult negotiations, I found our buying experience very nice (or maybe I am a better negotiator than I think)! A walk in the old bazaar showed us that we’ll need to ...
... and that we were lost! Sitting down with a map, we managed to figure out a way to the tram line. This was our first time using the metro, and we bumbled around a bit before realising that we needed to buy a token. Not having change, we went into a shop to buy a small item, so that we would have enough. Once we had the tokens- Ox went through- then Sarah accidentally turned the turnstile without walking through- losing her token in the process. She had to go to another ...
... conquerors over more than 2000 years. This city existed before Christ. Amazing.
Unfortunately today's tour was go go go. So there were great places to take photos but not really the time to take photos so Yang and I will retrace our steps next week to get some nice shots.
There is so much to explore in Istanbul. I just know we are going to run out of time.