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  • Day244


    June 11 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Wir können es kaum glauben, aber wir werden hier am Übergang vom Mittelmeer zum Bosporus tatsächlich von Delfinen begrüßt. Leider sind die Tiere zu flink, um sie mit der Handykamera aufs Bild zu bekommen.

  • Day3

    Die Blaue Moschee

    June 15 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Der heutige Tag begann bei knackigen Temperaturen und Sonnenschein an der Blauen Moschee. Wir sind natürlich auch reingegangen und haben interessante Einblicke in den islamischen Glauben gewinnen können. Sehr spannend für uns Europäer! Auch von außen lassen sich die Begegnungsstätten echt sehen.

  • Day245


    June 12 in Turkey ⋅ 🌫 23 °C

    Heute steht ein Besuch der Hagia Sophia und der Blauen Moschee auf dem Programm. Letztere ist allerdings gerade eine Großbaustelle und wir können ihre Pracht im Inneren leider nur erahnen.

  • Day4

    Sleeping Souls

    August 9 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Throughout the trip there have been moments full of wonder, adventure and magic, but unfortunately that doesn’t last forever. Our bodies need replenishment & rest. Because of that, I am able to present you this collection I call “Sleeping Souls”


    Ps. I am sure soon, fotos like these of me will appear on the page and I will be publicly humiliated tooRead more

  • Day3

    Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque & Hagia Sofia

    August 8 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Had a busy morning... got up early and headed straight out after breakfast. We hit the Grand Bazaar early to buy our headscarves and after haggling a bargain we went to reserve our sleeper for the train to Sofia on Saturday.

    Next, we made our way back to Sultanahmet and visited the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. Here are a few photos from me, Alex May post hers later.

    Lunch soon, then more sightseeing...
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  • Day4

    Basillica Cistern & Galata Tower

    August 9 in Turkey ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Our first stop this morning was the Basillica Cistern which is a Roman water storage tank measuring nearly 10,000 m2. It was impressive, but also 😎 cool out of the sun for a bit!

    We then got a team to the Spice Bazaar, which Alex has photos of, and finished the day with a walk over the Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn to climb up the Galata Tower and see all of İstanbul from above.

    Once again, the panoramas have the quiz...
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  • Day4

    Turkey - Day 3 Tour

    July 30 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    So we are up and out and had brekky, went to our favourite coffee place. Heading off on another big walking tour to see mosques, museums, & bazaars with Barbados our guide.

    OK so we walked a lot today. We started with cheese lasagne at a cafe, then o to the Spice Bizaar where we sampled so many types of turkish delight which I live but have a new found appreciation for, so many flavours.

    We then climbed up to a Cafe out from the moved onto Suleymaniye Mosque and learned a lot about mosques and Muslim faith over the years. It was so peaceful here.

    From there we had a lunch special of baked beans, home cooked with chilli spice - yum.

    We then walked to the Old Book Bazaar and through the Istanbul University which used to be a palace to the Sultan.

    We then went to the Grand Bazaar where I believe you could buy anything 😁 This place has 66 alleys/streets under 40,000sqm cover 2,486 shops and is considered to be the first shopping mall 😁😁😁. The scene from James Bond SkyFall where James is racing a motor bike across roofs was filmed on this roof. It has 800,000 red roof tiles.

    We then went to the Cistern Basilica, amazing. This was built by Emperor Theodosius II in 428 - 443 AD, so cool underground, it currently hosts art work on small pedestals in the water. Beautiful.

    We then moved onto Hagia Sophia Mosque museum. So humbling. So it was originally built in 400 AD, was burned to the ground, it was rebuilt in 500 AD and again destroyed. It was finally rebuilt in 600 AD and was a Christian church until the Ottoman Empire took over Turkey and turned it into a Mosque.

    When Turkey became a Republic after removing the Sultan from power in October 1923, the new president changed this Mosque to Museum. The church mosaics and art work had been preserved by the outer works put up to covert it to a mosque.

    These have now been restored and you can see both the Church and Mosque features. This church/mosque has had emperors of the Roman and Ottoman empires crowned here. The massive wooden doors that you walk through are called the emperors gates are rumoured to be the wood from Noah's Ark.

    This place has so much history, it was quite humbling to take all this in. We are so young compared to the rest of the world in terms of history.

    Home now, twisted the ankle resting it up. Tomorrow we are heading to the beach for some relaxing before we fly out to Cappridocia tomorrow night.

    We had the best guide - Barbados- thank you for showing us Istanbul. You could live here 19 years and still not see all thete is to this beautiful historic city.
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  • Day3


    August 8 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Got back to the hostel at 19:30h after walking around Topkapi Palace after lunch and poor Alex is shattered. She’s crashed out and Elena is relaxing so I’ve come to watch the sunset over the Bosphorus.

    Quiz: How many ‘Elenas’ can you spot in the panorama?

  • Day4

    Blaue Moschee und Hagia Sophia

    September 14 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Heute ging es zur Sultan-Ahmed-Moschee (Blaue Moschee). Von außen finde ich die Moschee sehr interessant und auch das Konzept des Sultans zur Parkanlage. Er hat quasi einen Naherholungsort mit Hamam, Park, Freizeitmöglichkeiten und Moschee erschaffen. Von innen finde ich aber die Süleymaniye Moschee schöner.
    Nach einem Abstecher zur Cisterna Basilica (Versunkener Palast) ging es dann zur Hagia Sophia.
    Die Hagia Sophia ist, WOW!! Dieses Gefühl wenn man mitten unter der Kuppel dieser ehemals gigantischen Moschee steht und sich vorstellt wieviele Menschen hier wohl Freitags und zu Feiertagen gebetet haben.... wie diese Moschee erbaut wurde, ohne modernes Baugerät. Das muss man gesehen haben!
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  • Day73


    August 21 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Nach einem letzten Badetag am schwarzen Meer am Strand von Seyrek oberhalb Kandira und die schönen Strände in Richtung Sile, fahren wir nach Istanbul.
    Allein den geplanten Parkplatz in der Stadt zu finden kostet uns einige Umwege, Nerven und Zeit. Doch es lohnt sich, wir schauen uns die blaue Mosche und die Hagia Sofia an, einfach großartig.
    Anschließend laufen wir zur Galatabrücke und machen eine 90 minütige abendliche Schiffsfahrt am goldenen Horn und dem Maiden Tower vorbei, den Bosporus hoch und runter.
    Die Sonne geht während der Schifffahrt über den Moscheen unter.
    Eine tolle Stadt...
    Am nächsten Morgen besuchen wir den Topkapi (Sultans-) Palast, den großen Bazar und gehen nochmals am Bosporus entlang zur Galata Brücke wo die ganzen Schiffe abfahren und immer was los ist. Tags darauf fahren wir zur bulgarischen Grenze. Wo wir wegen Grenzstreitigkeiten zwischen Bulgarien und Türkei 10 Std Wartezeit haben.
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