Turkey Ke Sare kare COVID-19 Ke Pehle

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Turkey has been in our bucket-list for Eternity! A couple of years back in 2013 we cancelled our trip due to political demonstrations. Believe it or not this time around it took us only four days to finalize the trip. My son was in town for his vacation. Our children very much adults arranged for fixed date group tour.

Our 8 Days/5 Nights itinerary was as follows:
Day 1: Flight from Home to Istanbul
Day 2: Arrival in Istanbul, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace. Drive to Ankara overnight stay
Day 3: Salt lake, Underground city, Uchisar Valley, Cappadocia overnight stay
Day 4: Goreme Museum, Pamukalle overnight stay
Day 5: Hierapolis, Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary, Kusadasi overnight stay
Day 6: Temple of Artemis, St. John Castle, Troy, Canakkale overnight stay
Day 7: Return drive to Istanbul, Bosphorus cruise, Hagia Sophia, Taksim square, Spice Market, Istanbul airport
Day 8: Return Sweet Home
 

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Let begin the T’logue with a few teasers in BCMTouring tradition.
All are JPEG captures from mobile Samsung A5 and P & S Olympus Stylus 1 and editing with Lightroom express on iPad.
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New Istanbul airport, IST


Obelisk of Theodosius


Interior of Blue Mosque


Exterior of Blue Mosque


Topkapı Palace


Topkapı Palace


Salt Lake


Ulchisar Valley


Goreme Museum


Underground City


Belly Dance


Pamukkale


Balloon Pamukkale


Library at Hierapolis


Coliseum at Hierapolis


The Troy in Çanakkale


Hagia Sophia


Bosphorus Cruise


Spice Market


View during long hours of drive



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Is this the same Famous Horse of Troy ?
Trojan horse

GREEK MYTHOLOGY
Trojan horse | Story & Facts
Troy is a city thought to be a myth, existing over 4000 years ago. It was first discovered in the 19th century and is known as Truva in Turkish and is recognized as a World Heritage Site.
This is not Truva ruins but the Trojan Horse used in Hollywood movie Troy starring Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom and Eric Bana based loosely on Homer's Iliad.
 

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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul airport and morning visit to Hippodrome of Constantinople and Blue Mosque
We were not expecting much from our trip as we had not done our homework.
This was our first experience with Turkish Airlines, Y class. This flight was smooth and service was good. We were right on time @ New Istanbul Airport, IST. IST is brand new, huge but looked deserted and lifeless with no originality of their own.
After briefing from our local tour guide we were off for breakfast. We continued our morning tour to Hippodrome of Constantinople and Blue Mosque.
It was overcast sky and had started drizzling. We stopped for a few snaps at Hippodrome of Constantinople.

Hippodrome of Constantinople is AKA Sultanahmet square is the oldest monument of Istanbul. It was used as arena for chariot racing throughout Byzantine period. It was built in the early 3rd century BC. It was also used for other public events such as parades, public executions and the public shaming of enemies of the emperor. Now all you see is 3500 years old Egyptian granite Obelisk of Theodosius. There is artistic workmanship at the marble base of the Obelisk.

You can guess the time of year, around Christmas 2019
Christmas and airport reminds me of my fav Christmas movie, ‘Die Hard 2’

Christmas airplane to Santa’s residence

Walk towards Hippodrome; the city has a local tram

This part of the city is very picturesque. The light drizzle has given a shiny glaze to the this tiled pathway

Wide angle and HDR mobile shot of small alleyway

Beautiful colonial building along the way

Thedosius I Obelisk

Ancient inscriptions and depictions on Obelisk

Not many people around during this time of the year

Glazed moist square

Serpent/Spiral column in the foreground

Remnants of beautiful autumn fall colors

Group of local ladies enjoying themselves

B & W avatar of Obelisk

Beautiful building probably the museum in the north end

Konstantin obelisk

B & W Avatar. This square in present time is known for public demonstration

A beautiful colonial on the right hand side of square

Who click Who?

B & W avatar giving it spooky appearance

She does seem to be enjoying herself in this light drizzle

Obelisk far from a sparse crowd

Under exposed shot; not the best weather condition

However cold and chilly morning walk
 
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Blue Mosque

Its name is derived from blue İznik tile-work which decorates its interior. AKA Sultan Ahmet Camii, it is one of the most famous religious buildings in the world. Sultan Ahmet I commissioned the mosque during a period of declining Ottoman fortunes. It was built between 1609–16 by Mehmet Ağa, the imperial architect. Before construction began objections were raised to the plan of this mosque. It was said to be unholy to rival the six minarets of the mosque at Mecca and it would be a great drain on state revenues.

Walk toward the Blue Mosque; remants of fall colors
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Waiting to enter the Blue Mosque
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Impressive Minaret; pencil-shaped minaret with three balconies
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Impressive Minaret; pencil-shaped minaret with three balconies; two of them seen in this capture
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Two of six minarets visible in this visible capture; use of Wide angle and HDR of mobile camera.
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Front of the courtyard; entry to the mosque is from the left of the capture
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B & W avatar of the front and courtyard
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Our group eargerly walking towars the interior the mosque
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Iznik blue tiles from where the mosque gets its name; 20,000 of those decorating the interior
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Main dome pedestal and pendants carved ornament
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Main dome with carved ornament.
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Each semi dome has 14 windows
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The central dome 28 windows; four of which are blind
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Each semi dome has 14 windows
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More than 200 stained glass windows with intricate designs admit natural light into the interior of the mosque
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The upper levels of the Mosque interior is dominated by blue paint
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Floors of Prayer area are covered with red carpets; non-muslims are not allowed this area
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Prayer area
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Floors of Prayer area are covered with red carpets; non-muslims are not allowed this area
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Floors of Prayer area are covered with red carpets; non-muslims are not allowed this area; it is quietest place in the mosque
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Intricate and colorful dome the interior highlight of this mosque
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The most important element of the Mosque interior is the mihrab, which is made of finely carved and sculptured marble, with a stalactite niche and a double inscriptive panel above it.Adjacent walls are sheathed in ceramic tiles
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The many lamps inside the Blue Mosque were once covered with gold and gems. Among the glass bowls each one could find ostrich eggs and crystal balls.
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Blue Mosque (continued)

Serene area of the prayer; the floor is covered by red carpet; the carpet is donated by the faithful and are regularly replaced as they wear out.
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Architectural marvel of the ceiling
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Another capture of this serene area of prayer
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Visitors in awe of this architectural wonder of the world
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The most important element in the interior of the mosque is the mihrab, which is made of finely carved and sculptured marble, with a stalactite niche and a double inscriptive panel above it. It is surrounded by many windows.
Stipped layers of stones and tiles
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Beautiful stained glass with intricate decorations on the inner part of the huge dome.
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Even Pope Benedict XVI paid a visit to Blue Mosque once.
The royal lodge in the eastern corner
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Quiet serene Prayer area; only Muslims are allowed in this area
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It was probably not the prayer time during our temple visit. The prayer hall was empty.
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A few sporadic prayers in the hall. This hall is full of pillars,
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Tulip blue Iznik tile is from where the mosque gets its name
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People from all walks of life appreciating the marvel of architecture
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The tiles at lower level are traditional in design, while at gallery level they have representations of flowers, fruits and cypresses.
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Exit for visitors and tourists
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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is first one of the two mosques in Turkey that has six minarets, the second one being the Sabancı Mosque in Adana
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Each of these Minarets is fluted, pencil-shaped has three balconies with stalactite corbels
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View of the exterior of the Mosque from the front; Reds and Oranges to add color to this mosque
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This is the exit front for visitors
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This front of the mosque is facing Hagia Sophia
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This front of the mosque is facing Hagia Sophia
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This front of the mosque is facing Hagia Sophia
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Just in awe of this wonder of architecture
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Four minarets stand at the corners of the Blue Mosque
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The most distinctive architectural extreme of this Istanbul mosque is its six minarets; four are available
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Beautiful arrangement of cascade of domes; View of the mosque from Hagia Sophia
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It was a short walk of 10 minutes to our next destination, Topkapi Palace Museum.
Topkapi Palace ’Palace of Dreams and Tears from the Ottoman Empire’

First set of pictures

Walk to Topkapi Palace
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Tower of Justice
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Second courtyard with palace kitchen
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Second courtyard with palace kitchen
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Tower of Justice
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The Library of Sultan Ahmed III
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Panoramic view of the Marmara Sea from the palace
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The third courtyard with Baghdad Pavilion
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The third courtyard with Baghdad Pavilion
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Panoramic view of the Bosphorus and the Asian side of Istanbul
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Panoramic view of the Bosphorus and the Asian side of Istanbul
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The third pavilion with Iftar Pergola on left and Baghdad Pavilion
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Panoramic view of the Bosphorus and the Asian side of Istanbul
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Panoramic view of the Bosphorus and the Asian side of Istanbul
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Baghdad Kiosk: The interior is an example of an ideal Ottoman room
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Impressive blue-and-white tiles on the walls
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Baghdad kiosk: In the middle of the room is a silver 'mangal' (charcoal stove), a present of King louis XIV of France
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