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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Wednesday, 11 December 1996

Istanbul, Turkey 1996 - Byzanthium and Constantinople Empire....

"Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many..."

Istanbul, Turkey
(10 - 13 December, 1996)

Istanbul, historically Byzantium and later Constantinople is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country.

(Taksim Square with hubby)
(An evening walk with Sara)

It extends both on the European and on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. Istanbul served as the capital city of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire, and the Ottoman Empire.

(Ja chasing the pigeons)
(A night at the Museum)

Hagia Sophia is a former church, later a mosque, now a museum. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until the completion of the Medieval Seville Cathedral in 1520.

(The children fooling around)
(Iwan and Ja with their souvenirs)

The current building was originally constructed as a church on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, and the religious focus point of the Orthodox Byzantine Empire for nearly 1000 years. In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks and Sultan Mehmed II ordered the building to be converted into a mosque. It remained as a mosque until 1935, when it was converted into a museum by the secular Republic of Turkey.

(Ja at the Blue Mosque)
(The Blue Mosque at the background)

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of several mosques known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has become one of the greatest tourist attractions of Istanbul.

(Sara at the Ferry Terminal)
(The busy Grand Bazaar)

Topkapi Palace, on the Seraglio Peninsula, became a museum in 1924. The Harem, Baghdat Pavilion, Revan Pavilion, Sofa Pavilion, and the Audience Chamber distinguish themselves with their architectural assets, while other artifacts reflect palace life. G├╝lhane Park is located on the slopes below Topkapi Palace extending to the seashore, and is popular among Istanbul residents for picnicking and open-air concerts. In the park is the Gothic Column, known to have been one of the main obelisks of the Byzantines, and an as yet unclassified, and therefore unofficial, Byzantine ruin.

(At the Museum)

The Grand Bazaar is one of the the largest covered markets in the world. It's a real heaven for shoppers and a good opportunity for people to discover the Turkish hospitality. Things are cheap here, available at flea market prices. The bazaar is filled with diverse items you can find almost anything here. And you can haggle with the shopkeepers as most prices are very flexible.

(On a boat cruise)

Bosphorus Cruise is a must-see tour for visitors because it is a wonderful opportunity to observe the both sides of Istanbul. The ferry is a traditional one, which has seats inside and outside the interior. Along the journey you’ll see the beautiful houses along the European Side, then moves to the Asian Side. There are nice restaurant along the Bosphorus and one can enjoy lunch or dinner of fresh fish, fresh vegetables, fruits and raki, a traditional Turkish drink

(Having lunch on a boat cruise)

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