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Old Town & Blue Mosque

Old Town Istanbul and the Blue Mosque in the background. This was the view from my first hotel.
Catch up on Turkey

May 7th 2006
Istanbul was my first stop from London (hit "previous journal" at the top of the page to read my brief update on that). Not traveling alone before, I was a little apprehensive to go to Turkey by myself, but I really wanted to go and see where Nihal (my sister-in-law) was from and what my niece Billur and nephew Donovan experience every summer. I guess I thought Turkey would be so different fr ... read more
Middle East » Turkey

Turkish Flag Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk, or "Father of the Turks." Under his authoritarian leadership, the country adopt... ... read more
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