• By BobP I hadn’t been to Istanbul in 10 years and was pleasantly surprised at how much the city has progressed.  The most striking difference can be seen along the shores of the Bosphorus – which separates Europe from Asia.  The Ortakoy district is delightful at night and full of pretty and prosperous people. This […]

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  • By BobP Even more magical and a lot cleaner than I remembered from my last visit 12 years ago, Istanbul is enchanting.  The Old City remains much as it was.  Must-sees are the World Heritage sites – Saint Sophıa, the Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. Built in only 5 years (532-537 AD) […]

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  • By BobP Otherworldly, historical and moving – these are the adjectives that come to mind after my trip to Cappadocia.  We landed at a rather dull military airport and city with a lovely mountain as a backdrop.  After a 40 minute drive, the scenery changed radically with valley after valley of strange rock formations. Created […]

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  • By Bob P One of the most odd and awe-inspiring spectacles I have attended was in Cappadocia this week with whirling dervishes. Sitting in a candlelit monastic environment, the event began with a prayer, then music, then a wise man recanting some poems. Then the whirling began and I was in second heaven. The Whirling […]

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