Istanbul- blend of East and West September 11th 2012 Plan was to spend the holiday in New York- but we ended up spending it partly in Dubai and then in Turkey. An airline employee (who avails discounted tickets) would well understand the reason without further explanation- so I’ll leave this insider’s joke to that!
Our first stop was in Istanbul. We took the Metro service from airport to our hotel in Sultan Ahmet. We had spent 4 Lira each and ... read more
Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet 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
This is quite common a trait in the Western world where students start seeing the world from an young age- they go backpacking during the summer with friends or alone. I come from a country and culture where it is quite unthinkable for a student - particularly a girl alone- to go travelling around the globe without any guardian. So before I finished my Masters and got married at age 25, I had only visited few countries with my parents. But my parents too, particularly my mother had this love for travlling - which she passed on to me. And I have been blessed with a husband who thoroughly shares... full info