Blogs from Bosporus, Marmara, Turkey, Middle East


Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus April 8th 2016

The Symplegades or "Clashing Rocks" were encountered by Jason and the Argonauts as they tried to sail into the Black Sea. As we crossed the Bosporus today, we passed what historian think are the rocks that the tale was based upon. They are now marked with lights and pillars, but still hold dangers for the many ships that pass them each day. We got to see them from the boat we took on a cruise up the Bosporus and back yesterday. there is so much history crowded in to this region...layers and layers of it! The cruise is a must-do if you visit here: only costs about $8.00 round-trip, and lasts 6 hours (including a three hour lunch stop at the turn-around point). A vendor comes around with hot coffee and tea for sale. you can ... read more
Leaving Istanbul
Mosque on the shore
Soccer stadium (blends in) and hotel (does not!)

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus November 21st 2015

From November 15 - 21, 2015, I have the blessing and privilege to travel to Istanbul, Turkey with my friend n colleague Saif who also work with me since long. Our main intention to travel Istanbul was official but we also had some precious moments and for that I invite you to travel with us via this blog J Nov 15 The Journey Begins: We started our journey with Qatar airways flight QR 637 on Nov 15 morning 0215 that took us to Doha and from there on the same day we again had a connecting flight QR 239 (morning 0740) to Istanbul. We spent around 11 tiring flying hours to reach this beautiful city and from the airport we took a cab to reach Le Meridien Hotel Istanbul Etiler. Once we reached our hotel we ... read more
Hagia Sophia
Marmara Sea
Near Marmara Sea

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus April 20th 2015

A pictorial overview of the beautiful Topkapi Palace...... read more
Ceiling detail
Model of the Palace
Second entrance

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus April 19th 2015

The forecast was spot on for today: dull with cloud, showers and cool. It seemed to get cooler as the day progressed. Such a contrast to our previous days! Nevertheless, spirits were bright as we boarded the bus at 8:20am ready for a day of sight seeing. There is so much rich history in Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople. It was this city that was the ultimate objective of the whole Gallipoli campaign. First stop was the Blue Mosque built in 1603 -1617 during the Ottoman Empire. It’s the blue tiled interior that gives its name. We had to wear a head scarf and remove our shoes; this mark of respect was cause for contemplation and reverence. This mosque is still used for prayer 5 times a day so tours are managed around the prayer times. ... read more
Mabel preparing to enter the mosque
Closer to the entry

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus April 18th 2015

Saturday 18 April 2015 We thank you all so very much for your kind, supportive and encouraging comments and messages on our blog. They mean a lot to us and are very much appreciated! Please accept this as our personal thanks. More later!... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus April 18th 2015

A cool, cloudy morning encouraged us to snuggle in bed a bit longer. This meant a later breakfast but it was still very leisurely. We breakfasted beside an Australian couple who live near the NSW / Queensland border, and chatted….of course! We didn’t leave the dining area until well after 10 o’clock! We ventured outside the hotel grounds for a brief stroll in the gradually warming sunshine. We particularly noted the blossoms bursting from their buds and the fresh green leaves appearing on the trees. The trees had barely a tinge of green when we arrived on Thursday. As we are about to embark on the tour we decided to have another very quiet day. The sun on the balcony was glorious and we took delight in soaking it up. (Thanks for the Sudoku, Lynne!) Our ... read more
The sights one sees while breakfasting
Waiter's choice!
Strolling the street

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus April 17th 2015

Friday 17 April 2015 After a comfortable night’s sleep, we awoke to a crisp spring morning, bright with sunshine. Mum was ready to venture out so breakfast was enjoyed in the beautifully appointed dining room overlooking the Bosphorus Strait. Friends and family let us know about ‘Mabel’s Mission’ (Michael Felgate’s interview) via an email link. We were thrilled with what was presented! Nick McCallum is in Gallipoli and is keen to catch up with Mum, too. He’s been keeping in touch via email. Well done, Channel 7 news team! Your coverage of this 100 year commemoration is commendable. A walk in the sunshine was much needed. Before we got outside, we passed by the Mat McLachlan ‘office’ and the Turkish represent... read more
Easter Patisserie
Mabel contemplating what to have for breakfast
Turkish chandelier in the dining room

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus February 17th 2014

Ich komme gerade aus Istanbul in der Türkei zurück. Es war großartig. Für alle mit Zweifeln, es ist unbegründet, und man muss sich keine Sorgen machen, alles ist wie immer. Es gab nur ein paar Demonstranten am Taskim Square, aber das war auch schon alles. Istanbul befindet sich zum einen Teil in Europa und zum anderen Teil in Asien. Alleine diese Tatsache war atemberaubend. Wenn, man allerdings an der Meeresenge von Bosporus steht bemerkt man erst was dies wirklich bedeutet. Glücklicherweise kam ich dort bei Sonnenuntergang an: ein paradiesischer Blick von oben von wo ich riesige Tankerschiffe sah welche auf ihre Einfuhr warteten. Die Tanker kamen entweder vom Schwarzen- oder dem Marmarameer. Man erzählte mir, um Zusammenstöße zu vermeiden, werde an jedem zweiten Tag eine andere Ruten eingeschlagen. Die beiden grossen Brücken in Bosporus sin... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Bosporus August 17th 2012

Don't get over-excıted (as ıf you ever would) at the possıbılıty of more rıvettıng stuff from Cyclopath. It's stıll mostly peddlıng that occupıes my tıme however 2 days ago I pıtched up ın Istambul but not wıthout some dıffıculty. I'd done about 130Km to the outer cıty lımıts. Had no ıdea of ıts' sıze or extent. I was last here 44 years ago and ıt seems to have grown a bıt. It took a further 30 Km, 2 hours cyclıng on a 3 lane rıngroad that was jammed wıth rush hour traffıc to get to the unsıgnposted cıty centre. Just about the worst cyclıng experıence I've ever had. Defınıtely not recommended to anyone consıderıng thıs trıp. No ıdea how else you'd do ıt but 3 O' clock ın the mornıng mıght be quıeter. After 162Km I ... read more

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