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August 21, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar

There are many lantern shops inside Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

Situated in Istanbul’s walled historic district, the Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest enclosed markets in the world.  Construction of the bazaar’s first buildings began in (more…)

August 16, 2012

Turkey: Aphrodisias

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The Bouleuterion (Council House) in Aphrodisias (panorama)

“If Afrodisias were closer to the sea or İstanbul it would clearly be one of Turkey’s most-visited attractions.”

–Lonely Planet Turkey, 12th Edition


August 13, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Çemberlitaş Hamamı

The New Mosque: Istanbul’s sights are close enough to walk to but it is hard on the body.

A visit to Istanbul would not be complete without a visit to a Turkish bath or haman.   At least that’s what the guidebooks say, though I’m not sure why.  But for us this declaration applies even though our last visit to a bath was far from unequivocally pleasant.  Indeed, (more…)

August 12, 2012

Turkey: Hierapolis-Pamukkale

Colors on Pamukkale’s geothermal terrace

Imagine combining the Roman Forum and Yellowstone National Park’s Mammoth Hot Springs at one place.  Though it seems like a bizarre travel dream perhaps induced by (more…)

August 10, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace’s neo-Baroque façade

After visiting the fabulous Topkapı Palace it is difficult to imagine that a replacement was needed.  Considering that in 1843, when construction was begun, the Ottoman Empire was (more…)

August 9, 2012

Turkey: Princes’ Islands

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Take my advice, watch out for the horse cart’s bow spirit

A ferry ride away from metropolitan Istanbul is the Princes’ Islands, a chain of nine small isles in the Sea of Marmara.  Historically Byzantine princes and other inconvenient royalty (more…)

August 7, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Şehzade Mosque and the Valens Aqueduct

Şehzade Mosque’s courtyard

Two interesting yet less visited sights in Istanbul are located near each other.  The 16th Century Şehzade Mosque and the 4th Century Valens Aqueduct are a few hundred feet and 1,180 years of history apart.


August 6, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, the Streets

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A Taksim to Tünel Tram car

Istanbul has a remarkable number of three star sights packed into a small area.  It is an unavoidable consequence of being at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, between (more…)

August 5, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Topkapı Palace

Inside Topkapı Palace

Amongst Istanbul’s prime tourist attractions is the Topkapı Palace.  The palace was the principal residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years of their 624-year reign.  (more…)

August 4, 2012

Turkey: Istanbul, Nusretiye Mosque

Inside Nusretiye Mosque (HDR)

Nusretiye Camii is an ornate mosque located along the Bosphorous near the modern day Tophane tramway stop.  It was built in 1823-1826 under the reign of Sultan Mahmut II.   (more…)

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