Tag: Turkey

On a Hilltop in Turkey

The garden is a soggy mess and tomorrow another crew is coming to tear out and replace the old driveway, and I don’t want to talk about that. What I want to do is revisit memories of our 2010 trip to Turkey. I’ve already done a few posts about this, but not about the day …

Istanbul’s Fortress of Europe

Writing about Kedi, a movie about the cats of Istanbul, inspired me to go back and look at photos from our 2009 trip to Turkey. I’ve written a few posts about that trip, though not one about Rumeli Hisari, also known as the Fortress of Europe.

A Ferry Ride Down the Bosporus

I’m on a work trip this week and this evening I was looking at pictures from our family trip to Turkey, which was back during the 2009 Christmas Holidays. I’ve written a couple of posts about our time in Istanbul, which you can find here, here, here, and here. Overall it was an incredible trip …

A Walk to the Galata Tower

One day we decided to walk to the Galata Tower on the other side of the Golden Horn. It was a memorable urban hike. The Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in the mid-1300s. At the time, about 100 years before the Ottoman conquest, it was located in the Genoese colony outside Constantinople. Now …

Eating in Istanbul

We really enjoyed the food in Istanbul. Sometimes on the heavy side, it was always tasty and frequently addictive. Pide is referred to as Turkish pizza, which is not an entirely apt description. I think of it more as a Turkish pasty, filled with some combination of peppers, tomatoes, cheese, eggs, and/or ground meat. Usually …

The Blue Mosque

After visiting Ayasofya we walked a short distance to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque was built in the early 1600s. From the outside, it looks somewhat similar to the Ayasofya. We read that the Ottoman Turks were influenced by Byzantine architecture. You can see the Ayasofya from …

Roaming The Heart of Historic Istanbul

The heart of historic Istanbul is called Sultanahmet. It’s got the Ayasofya, the Blue Mosque, and the site of the Roman Hippodrome. It’s also got about a jillion tourists, and half a jillion shops catering to tourists. Though when we were there (in December and January), the crowds weren’t bad. And Sultanahmet is not Turkish …

Ayasofya, Istanbul

It was 3 degrees F this morning (-16 C), and I have pretty much given up on my dreams of an early spring. Since not much will be happening in the garden for a while, let’s cast our minds back to December 2009, when Judy and I and the boys took a trip to Turkey. …