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... Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston s Jolly, (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Evening transfer to Canakkale check-in hotel, Overnight in Canakkale. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Troy Tour / Drive to Kusadasi
After breakfast drive to Troy visiting, Here you will learn the mythology surrounding Troy, The Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. Till now, 10 cities have been discovered, one ...
... aren’t too far away from each other, or taking a tram every now and again.
The "Ramadan Vibe"
Istanbul was a definite upgrade from much of Uzbekistan in terms of the elusive "Ramadan Vibe" I have been looking for. Sure it was no where as pronounced as say Pakistan or Saudi Arabia, but there were "Happy Ramadan" signs, Iftar menus, and perhaps the best Quran recitation I have heard during the Taraweeh prayer.
... at the Topkapi Palace, enduring the crowds at the Hagia Sophia and escaping from the Grand Bazaar we didn’t see any more large tour groups. However we did run across the occasional small party of continental travellers who I think must generally be deaf as they do an awful lot of shouting. My one comment of the day is that tourists appear to lose their ability to read, even simple pictograms, when they leave home. This was shown today ...
... gender-sensitive" which is a long, slow process.
She described a backlash against in recent years of any efforts to empower women and instead these initiatives now use the language of "family welfare", ie more traditional language which is resisting seeing women as individuals but as merely part of a family, which of course is part of a larger social structure which compromises women's basic human rights.
We are moving into the the ...
... the "New Rome" it thrived and served as the capital of his empire until he died, 7 years later. Constantinople stood for the next thousand years, with several additions that you can still see today. This includes the Theodosian walls (which withstood Atilla the Hun), the famous Aya Sofya, as well as the Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern. In 1453 the Ottomans, led my Mehmet the Conquerer, eventually captured the great city. The Ottomans added several impressive structures ...