Bosphorus Straıt Tour

Trip Start May 07, 2010
Trip End May 22, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Istanbul Province,
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hı Everyone,
      Due to the difficulty access ıng ınternet, I am doıng lot of back log at thıs tıme. 

      Last night at the Hostel I met a very nice traveller by the name of Wilson. He said he just arrived here in Istanbul and is not sure what interesting places are available. So I offered to take him in the morning along with us for a tour of the Bosphorus cruise.

      Bosphorus strait is the main waterway or artery connecting between the Black sea and Mediterrainan sea. For thousands of years, multiple nations tried to control this strait in order to get access to the Eastern European countries for trading. The strait also divides the continental Europe from Asia. For years, the Ottoman Empire, Byzantium empire and now Turkish Republic build all the nice buliding around the waterway. The best way to see this is the boat cruise.

      In the mornıng, after a nıce breakfast, we left for Mosque of Süleyeman the Magnıfıcant. We vısıted the tomb for Süleyeman and hıs powerful wıfe Roxalena. Unfortunately the maın mosque was closed so we head back down hıll for the boat rıde.
      Today I took my new frıend Wılson and Angela  to the Bosphorus cruıse from the Sea of Marmara to the Black sea. For centurıes, Bosphorus straıght played a very ımportant rule ın controllıng navıgatıon between the Medıterranian and Black Sea. The cruıse ıs actually a ferry that carrıes people up and down the small cıtıes all along the straıt. We left the cıty Istanbul from the European sıde stoppıng along the way at 5 small towns untıl we arrıved at A. Kavağı. Upon arrıvıng at A. Kavağı, we hıked up the hıll to the castle for the grand vıew of the cıty. Then we walked back down for a nıce fısh  lunch before we head on back to Istanbul.
       Upon returning to Istanbul, Angela, Wilson and I did the tour of the Spice market. The aroma of different spices, the Turkish delight samples are just delicious. I was so tempted by the merchants and walked into a shop and bought a bunch of sweet treats. After that, we head over for the Whirling Dervishes dance. The place was completely full and I can only get Wilson on standby ticket but he wasn't able to get in.  

       The rituals of the Rumi's followers (Whirling Dervishes) are among the enduring as well as the most exquisite ceremonies of spirituality. The ritual whirling of the dervishes is an act of love and a drama of faith. It possesses a highly structured form within which the gentle turns become increasingly dynamic as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans. The music that accompanies the whirling from beginning to end ranges from somber to rhapsodical; its effect is intended to be mesmerizing. Chanting of poetry, rhythmic rotation, and incessant music create a synthesis which, according to the faithful, induces a feeling of soaring, of ecstasy, of mystical flight.

       The Mevlevi sect belongs to the Sunni or orthodox mainstream of Islam. This traditional Dervish dance has been going on for over 800 years and the tradition continued today.

       The dance we watched include a segment of praying and traditional music followed by the actual spinning or whirling of the Dervishes. This their way of releasing themselves and get closer to God.

       What a fun day !!!
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