Camden

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Istanbul if you like architecture you shouldn't miss the Gaudí-esque like stairway in the Galata Karaköy district the Camondo Stairs built in the 1870s, for a famous Banker Abraham Salomon Camondo to reach Bankalar Caddesi (Banks Street),said built so his children would have a shortcut to school .

History of the family ...

The family is now extinct after the last descendants died: Nissim de Camondo was killed in aerial combat during World War I in 1917, his father Moïse de Camondo died in 1935, then his sister Béatrice de Camondo, along with her two children (Fanny and Bertrand) and her ex-husband Léon Reinach, were deported and murdered in Auschwitz around 1944 during World War II.


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They also were behind a famous Bosporus Mansion Camondo Palace (Kamondo Sarayı)
 

Camden

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Again in Istanbul if you have the time visit the Panorama 1453 Museum its like Stepping back in time and witnessing the fall of Constantinople.... it fantastic how they have laid it out onto the walls and have objects in keeping with the era, so you feel you are there... to get the feel watch the video below ...

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The Panoramic Image is the heart of the museum. This platform covers an area of 2350 square meters and the picture was applied to a hemisphere of 38 meters three dimensional .

 
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Camden

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How many when visiting Hagia Sophia in Istanbul miss its wishing column...?? . easily missed if you don't no its there .. Just think if your wish is granted, that lottery win might be in your grasp .. ;)

Legend has it, that if you stick your thumb in the hole and it gets wet your wish will be granted.

The column is known to be damp to the touch, probably as a result of the moisture that gathers on its surface.

But according to local legend, the wetness comes from more legendary sources. The most popular legend says that the column has been exuding some sort of healing liquid since Saint Gregory the Miracle Worker appeared near it in the year 1200.

Some say that it “cries” because of a past Sultan’s, pity.

My own wish is still to be granted... Boris still in power :)



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Vulgar Mosaics in a Roman Latrine in Turkey ..


You may have been sitting in a toilet looking at the graffiti ...well it seems we are no different than our ancestors theirs was just a bit more elaborate ...

A rare, second-century figural floor mosaic has been unearthed in the ancient Roman city of Antiochia ad Cragum on the southern coast of Turkey. The newly discovered mosaic features unusual composition and risqué subject matter – essentially ancient dirty jokes about the mythological characters Narcissus and Ganymede.


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Camden

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I have been to Denzli a few times to go to Pamukkale ( cotton castle ) and took a train once ... but I would like to try out the relatively new cable car 2019..to see the view from the Bagbasi plateau looking over the city of Denizli from the top of the mountain.

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Camden

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Never thought of Yalova for a visit but this looks inviting ....


Nearly 500,000 tourists flocked to Yalova, one of the most prominent thermal tourism destinations of Turkey, in 2021 to enjoy the comfort of the natural hot springs.
As a top destination for nature lovers, Yalova offers domestic and foreign tourists the opportunity for a relaxing thermal holiday any season of the year.
The province draws tourists with 17 facilities with a capacity of 5,000 beds, certified by the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry as well as businesses with municipal certificates.
A center for healing for civilizations dating back to the Roman era, Yalova’s thermal spas in 2021 attracted nearly half a million visitors, including 120,000 tourists from the United States, Germany, Iran, Russia, Portugal, Switzerland, Greece, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Ümit Gürbüzoglu, deputy head of the Health Ministry's Thermal Hot Springs Enterprise, said Yalova is a special favorite of Russian tourists.

Russian vacationers enjoy Yalova's atmosphere, including the hot springs as well as nature, he added.
Stating that tourists prefer Yalova because they like the temperature of the water and plenty of oxygen, Gürbüzoglu said, "There are also many people who come from Istanbul for a day. They take nature walks and benefit from the thermal pools."

 

IbrahimAbi

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There are hot springs all over Turkey. Izmir, Çeşme, Kuşadası Bursa, Sandıklı (Near Dinar), Afyon, Denizli. The knack is findind one which does not have many tourists. We made the mistake of visiting Pamukkale at this time of year (School holidays) full of kids, I can't stand the blighters.
 

Kanga

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We visited the Roman baths at Dalyan many many years ago, which was a great experience. There were separate baths for men and women, all the local women were there, no tourists, and they were very welcoming. I asked their permission to join them, and was grilled about children etc. It was extremely hot water. apparently there are 92 springs feeding the lake. Perhaps that's why the fish grow so large there.
 

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The 8 most amazing road trips in Turkey for history and adventure​


With nearly 8000km (5000 miles) of coastline and endless expanses of countryside, from rugged mountains to rolling deserts, Turkey is prime road trip territory.

From the Mediterranean to the Black Sea, the country is crisscrossed by well-maintained highways, but you'll want to detour onto smaller roads to reach Turkey's wealth of archeological sites and scenic landscapes and to enjoy the local hospitality.

Here are eight great road trips in Turkey to whet your appetite for adventure.

 

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