Blogs from Turkey, Middle East - page 23


Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas April 25th 2013

Walking along the Lycia way - part of it - was a sort of last minute decision. We had thought about it when planning our Turkey trip but dismissed it as it would have involved lot of domestic travel and would take days away from other things. But true to our nature - hikers at heart - we curtailed other plans to accomodate the backpacking trip. Overall we hadnt planned much about the trip. We had a broad idea of the route and had picked the Patara to Kas portion of the hike, but didnt know the distances between the campsites or the elevation profile or whether it was well maintained etc. We assumed it would be a easy hike and we have already done a lot of hiking so it was up our alley. Oh ... read more
First campsite
water well
ruined wall

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet April 23rd 2013

Istanbul is a most interesting city. Within a few blocks there are magnificent towering mosques all perched on the edge of the water. Yesterday we visited the Tokapi Palace and roamed through the rooms of the Harem. Here the Sultan kept up to 300 concubines. I could hear the men in the crowd discussing the possibilities! The grounds and buildings are beautiful and especially so at this time of year with garden beds full of brightly coloured tulips. We've all jostled through the Spice market, oh to have fun buying some of the wares; visited the underground Cistern and my high school classes came back to my at the Hagia Sophia. We have discovered some interesting areas on the Beyogli side of the city. Great lanes of bars, crowded with people sitting watching the world go ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul April 23rd 2013

A short 3hr flight from Zurich and we were in Istanbul. Taking the visa on entry was easy. If you have a valid US or Schengen visa / resident card, Indians can get it on the spot by paying a $20 fee. When we arrived, the visa lines were mostly empty and it took us under 30 min to complete the process going from one window to other. We exchanged some currency there, not recommended due to high fee and bad rates. As we will find there are much better places to do this outside near Aksaray. From there we went to the metro station where we were suppose to meet our couchsurfing host. He got busy and was not there, so we bought a 32TL phone card of some unknown company, another mistake. We called ... read more
A busy square
Grand Bazar
Patara ruins

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Adalar April 22nd 2013

Español Català Children laughs flood the deck at the stern side of the ferry. Others, teenagers, are feeding gulls throwing bread crumbs to the air. Seagulls skilfully trap it. Devoid of enthusiasm a waiter walks the aisle between the seats, carrying a hot teapot and a huge tray of sugary donuts. Other passengers sink their glances into Adalar Hürriyet local news pages. In the cabin, an outspoken salesman, too well dressed for the place, screams to an audience too sceptical the wonderful properties of a multi screwdriver provided with a flashlight. He sells also a retractable walking stick that fits in any pocket. Surprisingly, after a few minutes of incessant chatter, many passengers have bought any device. Beyond the starboard rail and after crossing the Gol... read more

Middle East » Turkey April 18th 2013

I am a woman and plan to travel solo to Greece, Israel and Turkey in July/August for 5 weeks. Any advice and any tips are welcome. Thanks... read more


Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet April 11th 2013

We flew into Istanbul from Konya on the 10th. The flight was short but fairly pleasant. The Konya Airport is small. To board the plane you have to walk out to it. I found that I love to do this (especially on a beautiful day!). I actually boarded the plane from the tail end instead of the regular entrance near the cockpit. I was in Group A which fills the back rows. I have never seen an Airport have passengers board from two entrances. It's smart because it cuts down on crowding in the cabin. Anyways, I was absolutely giddy about. You see I have this secret. I love planes. I love flying. I find it exhilarating. I actually wish I knew more about the mechanics involved. I feel kind of bad about this secret, because ... read more
Through the Window
As light as feather
Spring in Istanbul

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme April 6th 2013

Hello Everyone! I am reviving my blog after my stint in India. I had pretty much given up. But lets try this again. Yesterday Mark Soileau left our group to return to Ankara. He is an American Professor married to a Kurdish woman and teaches at a university in Marden, which is on the border of Syria. He is an ordained Bektashi Alevi Baba (maybe I will explain this later) and he taught us about Haji Bektashi (a person, city, and faith) and about the Alevi. He returned to Ankara yesterday to do a ceremony with his disciple. Thus, Mark left and Wendy Wiseman came. Yesterday she gave a three hour lecture on ancient Christianity. It was AMAZING! I have learned a lot. Today she is taking us to different site visits. You know ancient 10th ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul March 29th 2013

Un saludo de Estambul, Istanbuldan selam.... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet March 28th 2013

Hagia Sophia Hagia Sophia has several names and was used in several purposes during its long-long life. Its name grows from the Greek with the same pronunciation, in Turkish it is named Ayasofya, which are translated in English as "Holy Wisdom". Many people think that its name grows from the woman name Sophia - but it’s a mistake! It was a Greek Orthodox Basilica for a long time, later for several centuries it was a mosque, now for 75 years it is a museum. Hagia Sophia or Holy Wisdom is the mother church of all Eastern Christians of the Byzantine liturgical tradition both Orthodox and Greek Catholic. If Istanbul had only one attraction - Hagia Sophia even then it was worth visiting! I’d like Hagia Sophia has its own destination on VT because it’s the real ... read more
Hagia Sophia from outside
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Hagia Sophia from outside

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