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  • Day20

    Stadtrundfahrt Istanbul

    September 6 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Spontan sind wir gegen 15 Uhr auf dem Campingplatz los gefahren nach Istanbul und wollten dort auf einen Wohnmobil Stellplatz, aersinhs gab es dabei einige Hindernisse. Auf dem Weg dahin konnten wir wegen unserer Höhe nicht durch den Tunnel und mussten komplett durch Istanbul durchfahren. Die Stimmung war nicht so gut, als wir dann fast da waren fanden wir den Stellplatz nicht und unsere mobile Daten waren aufgebraucht. Extrem schlechte Stimmung, alle hatten Hunger und wir hatten kein Bock mehr auf Istanbul, schade eigentlich. Wir sind weiter gefahren, haben noch was gegessen und uns einen Übernachtungsplatz gesucht.Read more

  • Day191

    Road to Istanbul

    February 9 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Nach einem Tag Velofahren, wovon 50km bereits in der Stadt Istanbul waren, sind wir im "Zentrum" angekommen. Zeitweise waren die Strassen 7-spurig, wir sind froh verlassen wir Istanbul per Schiff :-)

    Ladina Gartmann

    finally found some pinguins :-)

    Silvia Brügger

    congratulation!! goodbye europe, welcome asia!

  • Day6


    October 12, 2017 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Today we visited the beautiful Topkapi Palace, built in the 15th Century. We spent the morning taking lots of photos as the location is stunning; perched on a hilltop overlooking both the Asian & European continents & the Bosphorus River. In addition, the palace buildings & grounds were exquisite and meticulously maintained. It was Instagram gold!
    Lunch was organised for us in the same precinct & involved a private showing of handmade rugs & the silk rug making process. Of course, then came the hard sell - only this time we were prepared! 😁
    The next stop was the Turkish Military Museum before we headed to the Grand Bazaar - & boy was it grand! 5000 stores; 19 entrances & 22 exits - it was a maze you could get lost in for days!
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    Bettye Harrison

    Wonderful xx




    Stunnng photos!

  • Day5


    October 11, 2017 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    We arrived in Turkey from Singapore at 5.20am, with a flight time of just under 11 hours. There was approximately 90 of us (Australian Light Horse Assn. members) on the flight - a really diverse bunch with ages ranging from 8-90! The rest of the ALHA group (approx. 90 more) will connect with us in Israel in a week or so.
    Once we had cleared customs & collected our bags, the group was split into three & we were allocated to Bus 2 with Kelvin Crombie; historian, guide & author (amongst many other talents).
    We were on the road by 7.30am, with our first stop being the famed Spice Markets where we were swindled out of an obscene amount of money for authentic turkish delight, tea & spices! It is here that we learnt a number of valuable lessons, best summarised by the Penguins of Madagascar "just smile & wave boys; smile & wave" 😁. Needless to say we will be enjoying authentic turkish tea & delights for the next 6 months!
    With our wallets markedly lighter, we were back on the bus & heading to the ancient Hippodrome, home of the beautiful Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia. The photo opportunities, architecture & history here were incredible! After lunch we boarded a boat that took us on a two hour cruise on the mighty Bosphorous River where we learnt so much about this ancient & diverse city.
    We were well & truly ready for a shower & a good night sleep by the time the cruise finished. Thankfully, our accommodation (Akgun Hotel) in the old part of the city had both bases covered.
    Sitting in bed reflecting on our first impressions of Istanbul, the word that keeps popping up is Wow! It is an incredible city of approximately 20 million people spanning two continents - Europe & Asia! Essentially, the centre of the world, quite literally, for Millenia. It is nothing like what we are used to at home in Australia - in every way, both good & bad. We found survival instincts we never knew we had (or needed) - they kick in pretty quickly, as it is an "eat, or be eaten" way of living.
    We witnessed everything on extreme ends of the spectrum - poverty & wealth; humankind at its best & worst; ancient architecture & relics alongside contemporary & modern structures - even a Synagogue, Mosque & Church built alongside of each other & sharing the same common wall! We fell asleep thinking about how blessed we are to have been raised & live in a country as wonderful as ours.
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    Bettye Harrison

    Thank you for wonderful , descriptive commentary .Wonderful experiences for you both - must feel surreal ! xx

  • Day4


    June 22, 2016 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    A day and night here. Off to see the city sights now...

    Caught the BigBus hop on/off and saw some city sights. Crossed the Bosphorus strait (?) which runs through Istanbul and separates the two continents it's built on ... Asia and Europe. Toured Hagia Sophia museum, which was a church from Byzantine era, now a museum. Mosaics inside amazing. It's the 3rd rebuild and many of the original ruins are visible. Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) the mosaics and decor is fabulous. Shoes off head covering on, this is a functional Mosque and closed for prayers an hour after we went through. Minarets everywhere ... 3000 mosques nearly 2000 churches, synagogues - seems the various religions exist peacefully together here.

    Huge city 20 million population, housing and buildings as far as the eye could see. Modern, old and ancient...of particular note the remains of the old sea wall all the way round the waterfront.

    Everything is "$$ normal price, for you I reduce it to $$" seems bargaining is a much loved game by the locals. We probably paid too much for everything. .. ah well, kiwis not so practiced at the art eh.
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    Watch out for p and o they are there 2.


    From j logan

    Richard n Sheila Travels

    Yeah we saw a post or two from O ... probably only missed them by a km or two one day. 😕

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  • Day2


    July 14, 2018 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    00:50 Uhr Ortszeit angekommen, haben Thao und ich uns beim Aussteigen verloren. Wir sind mit unterschiedlichen Bussen zum Terminal gefahren und ich konnte Thao einfach nicht finden. 🙁
    Dann musste ich mich selbst darum kümmern wohin ich musste. Leider fand ich den Flug nicht auf der Anzeigetafel. Mir konnte aber ein freundlicher Flughafenmitarbeiter weiterhelfen. Ich musste also eine Etage höher. Und dort angekommen, fand ich Thao, die vor der Abflugtafel, die auch Probleme hatte diese zu verstehen 😅
    Sie war sehr froh mich wiederzusehen. Sie hatte schon Angst, dass die später ohne mich im Flugzeug sitzt. Und ich hatte Angst, dass ich allein in Vietnam ankomme und nicht weis, wo ich hin muss - zum Glück war dem nicht so. Wir gingen zusammen zum Boarding. Vor uns lagen 11 Stunden Flug 😯
    Glücklicherweise konnten wir im Flugzeug die Plätze tauschen und nebeneinandersitzen.
    By the way - der Service der Turkish Airline ist hervorragend. Es lagen Kissen, Decke und Kopfhörer bereit. Zusätzlich bekamen wir noch ein Beauty-Case mit Socken, Hausschuhen, Zahnbürste, Zahnpasta, Lippenpflege, Ohrenstöpsel und Schlafbrille. Klasse!
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  • Day861

    The Big Turkish Wedding

    April 7, 2018 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    So the day has arrived and I don’t even know what time the wedding is so hopefully Mustafa hasn’t forgotten about me. I take breakfast early and make my way to the shop downstairs to buy a throw top put over my shoulders and my head if needed. I should have done this yesterday as they only have carvalla or Chanel cashmere and silk and they want 100 euros for it. I pretend he hasn’t the colour I want. I google map for a local mall and it informs me there’s one 15 minutes away so map in hand I set off. The route takes me a strange way and I end up walking through a factory yard with some unforgiving stairs but carry on with a smile on my face saying marahaba which means hello. Eventually I arrive at the destination but no mall in sight just a few random local shops, but there is one that sells scarves/ throws and they’re only 2 quid. I purchase a couple it would be rude not to and make my way back to the hotel when Mustafa calls to say his friend Ahmet will pick me up at 2pm I jump in the shower and get myself ready a little unsure what I’m wearing is correct but I look ok and I’ll worry about it when I need to . Ahmet is fashionably late but that’s just the way it is here due to the traffic. Thankfully Ahmet speaks fluent English and when we arrive at the home it’s pandemonium so he suggests going for tea. We sit in a little bar around the corner and to my surprise a short while after Mustafa walks in looking petrified. I give him a mummy cuddle and tell him to take deep breaths I even offer him a cigarette but he refuses. As he disappears in the distance we can hear the sound of drums and after finishing our tea we make our way down to the house. There is quite a crowd gathered and I’m introduced to multiple members of the family, how I’m going to remember their names is beyond me.
    The drums start getting louder and as they come up the hill they are followed by traditional Turkish dancers who are similar to the English version of Morris dancers, they dance in the street to the music being played by the pope and drums and have a hankerchief/cloth in their hand. The music and the drums play for about 10 minutes before Mustafa suddenly appears being driven bu his brother. Everyone runs to their cars and we all follow in a large procession heading towards Elifs house. All the cars are adorned with a ribbon and has we drive through the streets everyone beeps their horns intermittently for the whole 15 minute journey. We arrive at Elifs who conveniently lives opposite a mosque. Before collecting his bride Mustafa and his male family head into the mosque to pray while we are entertained by the dancers. The boys and I hide around the corner so we can have a cigarette and after 30 minutes Mustafa is ready to take his bride.
    The street is in chaos as people are hanging out of the tower building to catch a glimpse of the bird but the whole road is held up as the dancers continue to dance in the middle of the street. As they come down prayers are offered and were on the road again - convoy has nothing on a Turkish wedding. The traffic is really busy and it takes us over an hour before we actually arrive at the venue which is decorated by huge flower displays sent by multiple companies and banks which stand in the foyer as well as outside. The two sides of the family stand either side greeting the guests but the bride and groom are absent.
    Ahmet has driven well and we are some of the first guests to arrive so we’re seated quite quickly in a room that must have taken so much to plan with over 25 pages of seating plans. All the names are in alphabetical order and although I’m not meant to be with Ahmed and Mohammed they tell me I should sit with them. We are all hungry and attack the bread rolls like we haven’t been fed for days.
    The venue is breathtaking with tables beautifully decorated and in the centre of the room a platform on one side decorated with beautiful flowers two chairs and a table and stage on the other with a band playing turKish music, a huge boom video camera overlooks all the proceedings recording the images to screens throughout the room. A photographer moves throughout the room taking pictures. The starters are put out on the tables as the guests sit down as there are a lot of tables to cover it really is seamless. Mustafas dad takes to the stage and gives the only speech of the night the lights go down and the music plays and the bride and groom enter the room pyrotechnic fountains start flowing and the couple make theyre way down the red carpet. Taking a seat at they’re table they sign a register and take they’re vows. Once all the formal stuff is done it’s time for the photos. They both look really tired at this point but still have so much to do as they go around every table to greet their guests everybody wants a picture and a little chat and after an hour or more they are still meeting and greeting, her bridesmaid follows behind with a basket in which gold coins with red ribbons attached are placed in the basket which was traditional as the men who went to war if anything happened to them the bride had the gold to take care of her financially, There is no dancing until the very end of the night when various groups of men took to the stage from very young to very old dancing to each song slowly first then building with speed at each verse. It’s time to head back and after saying goodbye to the remaining guests the boys drop me to my hotel .
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  • Day1

    Petrol Sitesi

    November 5, 2017 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    The oldest and most beautiful place in istanbul is called Sultanahmet region, which I think is istanbul oldcity. I believe that it was very nice to get up early in the morning and visit the streets of istanbul before people wake up. Believe it was very nice to stay alone with Istanbul's fabulous history and culture. Especially in Sultanahmet which is called istanbul oldcity, it is nice to be in the streets of cobblestone pavement which is known among the people of the cut stone in the very pleasant places to walk on the streets after the houses are renovated. It was a pleasure to drink teas and especially filter coffee here, which is the front garden of the house. There was Arasta Bazaar, which was right behind us on foot from this beautiful place. Just above the Arasta Bazaar is the Blue mosque. Especially the staff working for Blue mosque, who have been working from now to the present day, have been made with the rent incomes obtained from yada istanbul Blue mosque. Another example of this is the Gran Bazaar at Beyazıt Square, where all the revenue comes from 1453
    Istanbul mehmet was firstly converted by Hagia Mosque, the largest church in Istanbul, and Istanbul Hagia Sophia was covered by the Grand Bazaar, the largest shopping center in the Ottoman Empire during the entire cost of the need and personnel expenses.

    istanbul has the most effective Blue mosque and TRANway which is right in front of the Sultanahmet horse ranch. This tranway came from the Sirkeci Emişnönü square at the Kabatas station. On this road there is a bridge called Gatala which is located between Karaköy and Eminönü. Although this was first made during the time of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamit II, it was destroyed 2 times because it could not meet the traffic of istanbul. Galata Bridge, which we have already walked through on the tranway, has been built in the last 10 years. People who hold amateur fishing every hour of the GAlata bridge are easily seen. It is very interesting that even one of the 5 fish catches at the same time. Yes, at Kabatas station, there are ferry services to Uskudar, which is just across the road, as it is the ferry service to Adalara. We arrived at the Dolmabahce Palace boundaries after walking about 10 minutes. The thing that stands out is the presence of the Clock Tower which is just in front of Dolmabahce PAlace. Dolmabahce palace mosque also open to the public. The mosque is much smaller than the full-scale PAlace. All of these structures are bordering the sea. We watched Bosphorus from here. Apart from Dolmabahce Palace, there is also a Topkapi palace located in OldCity.
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  • Day4

    Private Cappadocia tours

    November 8, 2017 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Turkey What do you think about traveling? We are staying at a 5 star hotel in Pamukkale. The hotel is located amongst forests. Pamukkale is located within the borders of Denizli province. Lakin had us extremely enjoyable days at the thermal hotel in PAmukkale before. Of course, this is included in the dinner we ate by the pool. There are many pools in the hotel and they vary according to the temperature. There was a thermal pool in the temperature range of 20-30 degrees and this is accepted as a health center. I liked it very much and there was a jacuzzi pool that I used throughout the day. Anyway, we went to Cappadocia from Pamukkale which is an amazing holiday place. The roads are an extremely pleasant highway road and the buses are extremely comfortable Luxury buses. We arrived at the bus station on the border of Newsehir province. We got all our gear here and we went to the Cave hotel which is in our Urgup area taking our suitcases and private cars here. If you do not prefer cave hotel, there is only cave hotel in cappadocia region. The old historic cave is so beautiful we went back to the boutique cave hotel after renovation. Even in summer we believe that our room at the cave hotel was extremely air-conditioned, we never used it. Early in the morning I ate breakfast at the cave hotel resturant at 8:00 am and I was nice to believe that the last turkish coffee was.

    Although we did not go through the day with Mercedesd vehicles, we walked about 10 km during the day. I will not describe the formation of CAPPADOCIA for a long time, but it is known that CAPPADOCIA is all accepted as a protected area by Unesco. Earlier we watched the Pigeon bird flight at the earliest time and Devrent valley and right here CAPPADOCIA The cape is already the highest place and I admire the incredible cappadocia view here. I give a very short sentence to Sun. Cappadocia is the place with the general steppe area. Because of this, people in Cappadocia and surrounding towns and villages are earning their living with large and small cattle breeding. The skin, obtained from sheep and lambs, is very soft but very little wear on the skin. A wide variety of clothes are made from the skin of the animals obtained here. All leather here
    The paint is used for root coloring. After mixing the plants around CAPPADOCIA, natural organic paint is handled. These organic paintings, which are obtained as separate information, are hand-woven beliefs here. These carpets are sold full silk, woolen carpets, hand-woven carpets and kilims. The Ihlara valley is in the middle of the river and there are many caves around. For those who have churches, it is called hidden cave church.
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