23 Ekim 2012 Salı

Travel to Turkey

... You Should Do It ...

Getting to The Greek Islands

If you are coming for a tour around Turkey and willing to end it with a visit to the Greek Islands there are many different locations that you can take the ferry. 

Kusadasi to Samos
Bodrum to Cos and Rhodes
Marmaris to Rhodes
Ayvalık to Lesbos
Kaş to  Megisti

The ferry companies are Turkish and Greek. The morning ferries to the Greek Islands are operated by Turkish companies and they are not going on strike any time of the year :) . They will depart for the islands around 8 am and will arrive back from the island late in the afternoon around 5-6 pm. Same schedule applies for the Greek companies as well.

It is better to purchase the tickets locally at the towns from the companies because the ferries will only run weather permitting. You can still book online at your own chance. 

For more information please check this site or just simply send me an email :)
It is great to see both sides of the Aegean to appreciate it more...

Happy Travels

20 Ekim 2012 Cumartesi

Coming to Istanbul; Taxi

The best way to arrive to your hotel from the airport, if you have not arranged a shuttle transfer, is to take a taxi. Do not negotiate the price but use the taxi meter all the time (which is the legal way), this is for your adventage.

Istanbul have %125 more traffic than the normal (which is %50) during the rush hours. So it may take up to 1 hour to downtown, and also about 60 Turkish Liras. Normal case it is about 50 Turkish Liras.

Always take a taxi from the station or call it from the hotel. If you forget something in the car you always have a chance to contact the driver this way.

Welcome to Istanbul :)

7 Mart 2012 Çarşamba

Quotes About Istanbul

  • If the earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital. Napoleon Bonaparte
  • If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul. 
    Alphonse de Lamartine
  • If they say “you have your last chance to look at the world”, I wish that look would from Çamlıca of Istanbul.
    Alphonse de Lamartine
  • All other cities are doomed, but I imagine that as long as people exist, Constantinople will exist.
    Petrus Gyllius
  • Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth.
    Edmondo De Amicis
  • Holy Istanbul! Your name is the most enchanting one of all names which enchants me.
    Pierre Loti
  • Istanbul owes its extraordinary situation to Golden Horn, Marmara Sea and The Bosphorus.
    Andrea Horn
  • İstanbul is a magical seal which unites Europe and Asia since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly the most beautiful place of the world.
    Gerard De Nerval
  • People were right when they say there is no other place on earth as beautiful looking as Istanbul.
  • On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens.
  • Either I conquer Istanbul or Istanbul conquers me.
    Fatih Sultan Mehmet

6 Mart 2012 Salı

Turkey Istanbul / Byzantine Constantinople

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia served Christian faith for a thousand years, Islam for five hundred years, and has been open to visitors as a museum for 75 years...

In etymological dictionaries, Sophia means wisdom, hagia means divine or holy, so the church was not dedicated to a saint but to divine wisdom. Byzantines thought that its impressive dome had been suspended from the heaven by a golden chain. Europe had to wait a thousand years to be able to built something similar to Hagia Sophia.


The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul.

Emperor Justinian built the Basilica cistern in 532 in the neighborhood of the Hagia Sophia. Constructed in the middle of the ancient city and not to lose any space they dug this cistern so that’s why it is also called the underground palace.Even today, many other buildings rest on these foundations. In this construction, columns and capitals from earlier monuments were used. 336 marble columns support the roof. The cistern is 70m wide, 140 m long and 8m high and was used for centuries as the main water supply for the city.However, some historians do not believe that this place was a cistern!!


This small church in this tranquil neighborhood Edirnekapı, is considered one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. Like Hagia Sophia, it was build as a church, converted in to a mosque by Ottomans, today a museum.

Great people watching

The name Chora, referring to its location originally outside of the walls, means suburb. The original church on this site was built in the early 5th century, and stood outside of the 4th century walls of Constantine the Great. However, when Theodosius II built his formidable land walls in 413–414, the church became incorporated within the city's defenses, but kept its the name as Chora.

The Byzantine minister of treasury Theodore Metochites endowed the church with much of its fine mosaics and frescoes between 1315 and 1321. The mosaic-work is the finest example of a period called late Byzantine Renaissance. It was well cared for by the Ottomans and all the paintings and mosaics were covered with plaster or whitewash.By the time of the Republic, the mosque was converted into a museum and since that time, the Byzantine Institute of the American Boston University is working of the restoration of all the inner decoration.

In the mosaics and frescoes, the lives of Jesus and Mary and scenes of the bible are depicted, it is like Christian history is told in a comic book. These famous mosaics and frescoes are amongst the best preserved in the Byzantine art; the rich collection rivals the one in Ravenna. You might have read about the life cycle of Jesus Christ, but what about Virgin Mary?

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