Tag: turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Terrible Turkish Tourist

"You've dropped something back there", I heard a young man say to a young woman (who was in a small group) as she walked from Istanbul's "Blue Mosque". "Oh no", I thought to myself, it's one of those tourist scams like I observed a few years ago near the Eifel Tower. As a reflex action, ...

Shirley Valentine moment in Çanakkale

“You see that girl there?” I heard the nearby woman say with, what I thought was an Australian accent. “She was a singer and she was Australian and she was successful, like, ten years ago” she added referring to the video clip of Delta Goodrem playing on the video screen of the waterfront bar in ...

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Anzac Day in Turkey

I was feeling slightly apprehensive about my decision to visit Anzac Cove and Lone Pine. I'm very proud of my Australian heritage which goes back to the early days of European settlement, and as you can see from this website, I have a strong interest in genealogy and history. To the best of my knowledge, ...

Colourful clothing in Istanbul

Saying Yes in Istanbul

There was a brief moment today when I thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew. As I looked around the street signs there wasn't a single word I understood. Unlike other places I've visited in the last few years, I was beginning to feel I'd failed to do (what I thought) was adequate ...

Istanbul Metro Map

Hello Istanbul

"It's very simple. You take six stops and then you change and you take six more stops, and then you get off, and it's around the corner", the bloke at the metro station in Istanbul explained to me. "I'll help you", he said very genuinely. When I'm travelling, I'm one of those travellers who likes ...