Published: September 2nd 2008September 2nd 2008
Me and Mum
Me and Mum with our new Scarves
We woke up early and took our plane to Istanbul, Turkey. On our plane, it was a 4 hour flight. Enough to watch at least one movie. Unfortunately, the plane we were on didn’t have TV’s at the back of the seats. Oh well, we’ll have them next time (hopefully). We had a look at our new accommodation. It’s really nice. Mum and Dad are in one room, me, Albert and Jack in the other. We had dinner at a fish restaurant.
The next day, we had a look around. We went to the Blue Mosque. The carpet was really soft. We weren’t allowed to wear shoes inside. Dad had to wear a skirt thing because he was wearing shorts. The huge domes was held up by four half domes, and the half dome were held up by three half domes. The Blue Mosque was very beautiful. We Cistern Basilica. There were lots of fish. There was a statue of a girls head. It was rotated on a side, and upside down! Dad lifted my legs up and took a photo. We had a walk around, than had lunch. After lunch, we went back to our accommodation for a short
The Big Dome.
The Big Dome at the Blue Mosque
rest, than we went to The Grand Bazaar. We didn’t get as hassled as I thought we would. I bought gifts for friends and had a look. They sold so many things. Jewellery, china, daggers, bracelets, purses and so many other things. I liked The Grand Bazaar a lot.
The day after that we went and had a look at Turkish rugs. They were so pretty. The silk ones were shiny and the woollen ones were soft. I couldn’t decide which ones I liked more. The pattens on them were lovely. In the end, we didn’t buy one.
Where we are staying, at roughly 5:00am, they do the prayers on loud speakers. I haven’t been woken up by them yet, but I think I will.
The next day we went on a 6 hour bus trip to get the Anzac Cove. I was really looking forward to this, considering it’s where the Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought. We arrived at the new accommodation. We booked 2 rooms, but when we found out how big they were, we only had one. The hotel gave us a free dinner to make up for the price.
and had a look at Anzac Cove the next day. We took a ferry to where the bus tour started and got in. We saw so many things. We went to cemeteries of the soldiers. We saw John Simpson’s grave. On it, it said “He gave his life that others could live”. In case you don’t know, John Simpson was an Anzac soldier. He was known as the man with a donkey. He trained a donkey to bring wounded soldiers back to safety. In 20 or so days, he saved roughly 300 soldiers. But one day he got shot in the back. He died.
We saw the sign that said “Anzac Cove.”. We went into the trenches. Apparently, before battling, the solders would trade goods. That’s a bit strange. We saw a pine tree. I know that sounds boring, but there’s a story behind it. Two brothers went to war. One of them got shot. A pine cone fell on him. The other brother sent the pine cone back to his mother. The mother planted it. Once the tree had pine cones on it, they sent one back to Anzac Cove, and they planted it. That was the one I
The Cistern Basilca
The upside down head next to me upside.
saw. As we were leaving, we went past a souvenir shop. I was confused when I saw a bracelet that said NY. It would of made a bit more sense if it said NZ, but even then it wouldn’t of made much of a difference.
We went back to Istanbul the next day. Another 6 hour bus trip. We are staying in the same rooms as last time. We rested while Mum and Dad went to a rug shop. They bought one. It looks wonderful. Than we had dinner at the Ramadan Festival. It was delicious! After the nice dinner, we went back to the accommodation.
The next day was started out by going to the spice market. It was really amazing. There was spices and sugars. We had a short taste test of one of the sugars. It had a nice apple flavour. It wasn’t just a spice market. It had purses, bracelets and heaps of other things. Whilst being in Turkey, I have learnt that the blue eye (that you see commonly) is meant to protect whoever holds it from the evil eye. I don’t know what the evil eye is though. We went to the
The rug we could of bought but didn't.
Blue Mosque again because Dad wanted to. It was a relief when I took off my shoes and stepped on to the beautiful, soft carpet. I had to wear a shawl type thing on my shoulders because I was wearing a short sleeved shirt. It was the same as last time, except some people were doing prayers. You weren’t allowed to take photos of people when they do the prayers. We had one last look at the Blue Mosque, then we left and went back to the accommodation.
That ends my wonderful time in Turkey.
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