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828b – Bodleian Library

11 Nov , 2018  

Sunday 11th November is a lovely sunny day. After a good breakfast we walk into the centre via the river path; following the Thames then the Cherwell, we pass by the side of Christchurch meadow, the Broad walk (some lovely autumn colours), then a passage way between Merton and Corpus Christi colleges. We head to […]

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Break

828 – Oxford break

10 Nov , 2018  

Have a one night stay in Oxford staying at the Ethos Hotel, about 1km from the centre and south of the River Thames. We travel down at noon on Saturday 10th November arriving at the Parkway R&R in torrential rain. After paying for overnight parking and catching the bus into the centre we head to […]

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Other historic building

825u – Hodjapasha

30 Sep , 2018  

The Hodjapasha consists of a mesmerising ceremony with four dervishes whirling in a 15th century hamam building. It costs 110TL each and lasts for an hour, but is very interesting to see. We enjoy a meal in a restaurant near our hotel (I have a triple helping of baklava in error, plus there is coach […]

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Art gallery

825t – Marmara University Museum, Istanbul

30 Sep , 2018  

This is free and almost empty, bliss. We enjoy looking at the contemporary art collection plus a special exhibition on the father of Turkey’s graphic design, İhap Hulusi Görey. Enjoy a few afternoon drinks at a nearby bar.

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Museum

825s – Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul

30 Sep , 2018  

Sunday 30th September, our last day, is one of mixed fortunes. A fresher day, we manage to avoid the few showers apart from a spot of drizzle in the late evening. Of the four things planned, only one happens much to my dismay.The former Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (known as Little Aya Sofia) […]

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Other historic building

825r – Karacaahmet Cemetery

29 Sep , 2018  

We continue on to the earliest city cemetery. The expected calm is broken by a mass of people (and their cars) attending prayers at the very modern mosque bordering the cemetery. The cemetery is large and follows the hillside down; there are many old tombstones and new ones intermixed, so it is hard to see […]

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Mosque

825q – Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

29 Sep , 2018  

Saturday 29th September is a sunny, humid day with a shower in the afternoon. After the usual excellent breakfast we spend the day exploring the Asian side of Istanbul, something we’ve not done to date. We walk through Gulhane park (all completed with pretty fountains and flower beds) and pass the Sirkeci station (also now […]

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Museum

825p – Pera Museum, Istanbul

28 Sep , 2018  

A small museum near the “Pera Palace”, it has free entrance. There are three floors of contemporary art exhibitions plus permanent displays on weights and measures, a very good collection of paintings from the latter Ottoman period (e.g. paintings of various ambassadors from the 19th century), a collection of Osman Hamdi Bey’s paintings (including the […]

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Museum

825o – Military Museum, Istanbul

28 Sep , 2018  

We walk a further mile or so to the huge Military Museum housed in a former military academy building (and where Ataturk studied). It only costs 8.5 TL each and oddly 17TL to use the camera. There are very few other people and no Western tourists at all. There is a special exhibition on the […]

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Church

825n – St Anthony’s Catholic Church

28 Sep , 2018  

Thursday 27th is a travel day. After saying farewell to our hosts at “Akay Hotel” we drive the hour and a half back to the hire car office where we are then taken to Dalaman airport for our 1.35pm flight to Ataturk Istanbul airport.It is a quick journey to the “Empress Zoe” hotel, our third […]

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