Istanbul, Part Five – Hagia Sophia & Shoeshine Scammers

“Experience is the worst teacher. It always gives the test first and the instruction afterward.”  – Benjamin Franklin  On what I thought was to be my last day in Istanbul this trip, I headed over to see one of the highlights that I had yet to visit, the Hagia Sophia. Before I went there, I…

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Istanbul, Part Four – Istanbul After Dark

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on…”  - William Shakespeare, The Tempest There is a different vibe in Istanbul after the sun goes down.  The city seems to take a deep breath after all of the hustle and bustle of the day.  Many of the tourists are indulging themselves at the various restaurants…

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Istanbul, Part Three – Art Exhibitions, Sunsets, and Fresh Fish

“Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.”  - Dag Hammarskjold After warming up in a coffee shop, I met up with Anastasia so we could to see some art exhibitions.  We started with Van Gogh Alive.  While I was not much of a fan going in, I developed a…

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March 15, 2012 - 3:22 am

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Istanbul, Part Two – Giant Mosques and Underground Cisterns

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson Ok, more on Istanbul.  The next day, I headed out to see some sights early. I started with the impressive Blue Mosque.  I’ve seen some amazing structures, but I was not prepared for the view inside. …

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Istanbul, Part One – Surfing Couches with a Cool Syrian

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho I arrived back in Istanbul on a flight from Jordan.  And don’t worry, all of those stories are coming soon. I took the train from the airport and after a couple of transfers I reached the neighborhood of Kabatas.  A short ferry ride later…

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