Tag: turkey

  • Terrible Turkish Tourist

    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.… Read the rest “Terrible Turkish Tourist”

  • Shirley Valentine moment in Çanakkale

    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 Çanakkale in Southern Turkey.… Read the rest “Shirley Valentine moment in Çanakkale”

  • 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, I have no direct connection with the Gallipoli campaign, although I have some distant relatives buried at Lone Pine.… Read the rest “Anzac Day in Turkey”

  • Saying Yes 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 background research about the history and geography of the place.… Read the rest “Saying Yes in Istanbul”

  • Hello Istanbul

    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 to use the local public transport system of the place I’m visiting.… Read the rest “Hello Istanbul”