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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia June 19th 2011

In our last epistle we were about to head off to dinner at a carpet seller’s place and we were a bit wary as to what to expect. Our carpet seller friend, Mehmet, seemed nice enough but his invitation came out of the blue and Turkish carpet sellers are a bit like used car salesmen or real estate agents – always selling. Well I’m pleased to report that we had a wonderful night. We had dinner in his shop with him, his business partner, our hotel owner and various friends who came in and out during the evening. Dinner was lentil soup, eggplant kebaps, baklava and homemade wine. The soup was lovely and we are going to ask for the recipe. We thought that eggplant kebaps would be bits of eggplant cooked on skewers but it ... read more
Cappadocia landscape
Inflating the balloon
Balloon flight

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia June 16th 2011

We had an early start this morning – 4:00 am. The plan was to take a taxi from the apartment to Taksim Square and then the airport bus to the airport. It turned out that the taxi to the airport wasn’t going to cost much extra and so we opted for that route instead. Initially, Deb was concerned that if the taxi did not turn up we would have to walk up to the Square with all our luggage and so was ensuring that we had enough time to do that, catch the bus and still make it to the airport on time. As it was, we had about 2 hours of quality time at the airport. Our $35 (each) flight to Cappadocio was on time and when we landed at Kayseri we caught an airport ... read more
Old cave houses
Garden at the Tea House
The terrace at our hotel

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Beyoglu June 15th 2011

We've had quite an enjoyable day today. We had decided that we would visit the western district today as our Lonely Planet told us that Wednesday was open market day in this region. We didn't know what to expect but decided that it would show us a side of Istanbul off the main tourist trail. Our first stop was the Suleymaniye Mosque. This mosque has much simpler decoration than the Blue Mosque but we both thought that it was gorgeous. I really like the open airy feel of the mosques and they seem very calm places. From a tourist point of view this mosque was nice in that there were hardly any other tourists around at all. I'm very pleased that we decided to visit this one. We half expected that we wouldn't be able to ... read more
Suleymaniye Mosque Dome
Aqueduct of Valens
Real Spice Merchant

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Beyoglu June 14th 2011

Our tourist activities have been a bit more free-form today than previous days. We had a late start today because nether of us woke up with the muezzin's call to prayer - we've obviously settled into the sounds of the neighbourhood. By the time we headed out it was after 10:00 and businesses were well and truly open. Terry found "seventh heaven" - a street full of tool shops. Obviously we had to stop and inspect the variety and quality of the goods for sale. This street was just before the Galata Bridge but because we've been so early on other mornings we had missed it. After crossing the bridge it was off to purchase tickets on a ferry up the Golden Horn. Not quite the same as yesterdays cruise as we only went a few ... read more
Old City Wall at Ayvansaray
Street scene - Ayvansaray
Street scene - Ayvansaray

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Beyoglu June 13th 2011

We've had a relatively quiet day today as we'd decided that today was the day to do the cruise along the Bosphorus through to the Black Sea. We started the day with what has become our daily walk across the Galata Bridge to the ferry docks on the other side of the Golden Horn. We purchased our tickets well in advance and given that we had some free time we decided to go for a quick meander through the Spice Bazaar again. Being early in the morning it was far less crowded and we enjoyed it even more than the other day. After about 30 mins there we had to leave to board the ferry. The cruise was quite pleasant. There were quite a few people on board the boast but it wasn't crowded. Basically the ... read more
Views to the Black Sea
Repairing nets
Turkish poultry

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet June 12th 2011

We set off earliesh (around 9:00) in the morning and walked towards the Galata Tower and then Bridge. There were very few people around in our neighbourhood – a lady going to buy some bits, a couple of older men just strolling and the café owners getting ready for the day. It seemed pretty quiet. The Galata Bridge was packed with fisherman but there were few people around the Spice Bazaar and adjacent mosque. We’d hoped to buy some provisions (nuts, sweets etc) in the Spice Bazaar but had to content ourselves with the same bought at small shops on the outside of the Bazaar. We had decided that we would walk from there to the Topkapi Palace, spend a few hours then go to the Archaeological Museum nearby. That wasn’t to be. We managed to ... read more
Mansions awaiting renovation.
Love some of this woodwork
Topkapi Palace - audience chamber

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet June 11th 2011

We've been pretty busy today being tourists. The weather hasn't been great but it has been good for doing all the walking that we've done today. Deb is feeling fine but Terry has blisters on the soles of his feet, his arthritic knee is hurting and he's got Deb's cold. We started the day by walking across the Galata Bridge to the other side of the Golden Horn. The bridge is lined with fisherman with huge fishing rods attempting to catch something. I guess that they must do OK because there are plenty of them. All men, women don't appear to fish in Turkey. We think that the fish that they were catching were anchovies or sardines, that's the size that they were - their huge rods seemed a bit of overkill for such tiny fish. ... read more
Aya Sopia - internal
Blue Mosque and cat
Blue Mosque dome

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Beyoglu June 10th 2011

Our first full day in Istanbul is just about over. We arrived here at about 8:30pm last night after a relatively uneventful trip. The plane took off and landed safely 3 times which was all we hoped for - we travelled via Singapore and Dubai with no time to do any shopping in either location. We caught the bus from the airport into Taksim Square where we eventually met our landlord for the week, Namik. We have a great location in Beyoglu, just off the main drag of Istikal Cadessi, but far enough away to be quiet. It was quite a walk from the bus station in Taksim Sq to our apartment (about 2km) carrying bags so the thought of walking back up the hill for dinner last night was not all that appealing. Deb managed ... read more
View from our windows
Turkish Delight
The Basillica Cistern

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Maryborough June 9th 2011

I started to feel better on Tuesday and so we went for a bit of a walk around town, playing tourist. I especially like the local botanical gardens and the park lands that have been developed by the river in the last few years. When I was a kid this area was pretty tatty. Later in the day I took the 2 small dogs for a long walk - they were very quiet when they got home. Now we are sitting in the departure lounge at Brisbane airport waiting to board our flight in another hour and a bit. We take off at 2:30 in the morning. It'll make it easier to sleep I hope. Our next entry will be from Istanbul.... read more
View to old buildings in Wharf Strret
Old Moreton Bay figs

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Maryborough June 6th 2011

Our first blogging experience. It will be interesting to see if we keep it going. The challenge will be to write something vaguely entertaining that doesn't read like a scientific paper. There's a pretty good chance that all writing will be done by Deb. We've started this blog early so that we can make sure that Deb's mother can access and read it. It's officially Day 1 of Deb's holidays and we are in Maryborough, Queensland. Perhaps not the most direct route to Turkey but it is where Deb's mother lives and where we are leaving the dog for the next 7 weeks. We arrived here two days ago but so far have done nothing. Deb came down with a bad cold on the day we left and so has spent the last 2 days moping ... read more
Man and dog in Maryborough

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