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Monthly Archives: April 2015

A hill too far – Our visit to Gallipoli

We awoke early and waited to be picked up outside our local bakery, it was still dark and cold and we were concerned about the weather. We knew we had a 5 hour journey to Eceabat which was where our tour left from, so packed well – lots of warm things, snacks and activities to … Continue reading »

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“New” is a term best understood by Turks

We slept solidly, barely noticing the morning call to prayer. After breakfast and showers we dressed (in the end over estimating our tolerance for the cold) and headed towards the Hippodrome to catch the tram across the bridge to “new” Istanbul. A quick funicular trip up the side of the ridge and we were near … Continue reading »

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The Delight-full Tale of Two Continents

After a welcome nights sleep we awoke for a bathroom break with a call to prayer, then slept in a little – I guess we are tired. A quick morning cup of tea then we were out and up the hill to a tram stop that took us over near the spice markets for the … Continue reading »

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A Call to Prayer

Our day started at 5.30am. I had been told about the “call to prayer” broadcast city wide from the many towering minarets but nothing prepared me for the raw beauty of an opera of call and response prayers echoing and originating from near and far – a sure sign we are not in Kansas anymore. … Continue reading »

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Istanbul or Constantinople?

After a huge day and a bit (felt longer) of travel that included a stopover (and swim, meal and general relax) in Singapore, we arrived bleary and fatigued in Istanbul. The flight path from Singapore to Turkey took. Us up and over the mountainous regions of India and meant Something-istans and was often turbulent. Neither … Continue reading »

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Transit – Airports ain’t Airports

As we wend our way to Istanbul, we have a stopover in Singapore. If I am honest, Brisbane international airport is a bit of a dive – so little to see and do but Changi Airport in Singapore takes airports to a whole new level. The airport complex covers much the same area that Brisbane … Continue reading »

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