2013-Istanbul and Ancient Constantinople

2013-Istanbul and Ancient Constantinople

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments

Byzantium started out in the 660 BC as an ancient Greek city named for Byzas, the son of Poseidon, raised by Spring Fairies who was instructed by the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi to settle the land where the Golden Horn meets the Bosporus. He followed the advice of the Oracle and 150 years later, […]

2007 – Ephesus and the Aegean Coast of Turkey

2007 – Ephesus and the Aegean Coast of Turkey

Posted by on Jul 10, 2007 in Ephesus, Bodrum and Aegean Coast, Turkey | No Comments

Our map of Turkey makes most of the roads look like super highways; these thick lines in any other country would translate to autostrada, autopista, autoroute or autobahn. In fact, after picking up the car, we entered a very big and fast super road, at least for about 20 kilometers when it dumped us out […]

2007 – Istanbul; Istiklal, Old City and the Topkapi Palace

2007 – Istanbul; Istiklal, Old City and the Topkapi Palace

Posted by on Jul 6, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey | No Comments

We’re staying in the old Beyoglu District, near the Istiklal pedestrian zone, about a 20 minute walk from Taskim Square. This is the old Pera, once a wealthy suburb across the Bosphorus from the Old City. It’s now a revitalized section of Istanbul, filled with grand avenues of shops and cafes and narrow medieval streets […]

2007 – Cappadocia Turkey; a natural wonder of the world

2007 – Cappadocia Turkey; a natural wonder of the world

Posted by on Jul 1, 2007 in Cappadocia, Turkey | No Comments

In Istanbul, we purchased our $20 visas, walked through customs, went to the ATM to withdraw some Turkish Lira and I left my credit card in the ATM machine. When I came 5 minutes later, it was gone. Not only was I without one card, I needed this one to get our electronic tickets to […]