• One of the Gems of Istanbul – Simpson Prize 2011

    Wednesday 20 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 5 comments

    Chora church Mosaic Once again the day is started with a great meal. Breakfast is served in an underground area, an old cistern converted into quite a unique restaurant. The plan for today was to visit one of the gems of Istanbul and one of my personal favourites, Chora church. The little tucked away church was not so tucked away when we turned into the street and saw a dozen coaches of various sizes. We turned away and …

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  • A Rainy Day in Istanbul - Simpson Prize 2011

    Tuesday 19 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. 3 comments

    wet hippodrome A wet day in Istanbul. Day two of the Simpson prize tour was soggy. The rain rolled in over the city last night, the sound soothing the tired travellers whilst we tried to sleep. Unfortunately when we woke the rain had not really let up so we new we would need our trusty ponchos and water proof jackets. The rain didn’t make the city any less beautiful, in fact it seemed to make things gleam and the drops …

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  • Day 2 - 3:30am

    Tuesday 17 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    View larger image Many cities claim to have the title of "The city that never sleeps" and most the time this is not quite true. But I feel Istanbul can make a claim to this title. This was the scene from the hotel at 3:30am. Basically one large traffic jam, consisting primarily of taxis. Not a lot of noise but an amazing sight. View larger image Read on

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  • Day 2 Additional Photos

    Tuesday 17 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    Istanbul by night View larger image Topkapi Palace View larger image View larger image View larger image View larger image View larger image The street on the way to the Topkapi Palace View larger image View larger image View larger image St Sophia View larger image…

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  • Day 3

    Tuesday 17 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    View larger image View larger image Our last full day in Istanbul, until we return from Canakkale and Gallipoli in a bit over a week’s time. First stop is for a tour of Kariye Museum of St Savior in Chora. Many of the museums here were once churches that were later turned into mosques. This is an excellent example. When these buildings were turned into mosques all the frescoes and mosaics where plastered…

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  • Day 1 Photo Summary

    Tuesday 17 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    The Janissary Band concert outside at the Military Museum View larger image   View larger image   View larger image   View larger image   View larger image Outside the Military Museum View larger image   View larger image It is spring time in Turkey View larger image Afternoon cruise on the Bosphorus…

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  • Day 2

    Tuesday 17 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    View larger image Our first full day in Istanbul was mostly on foot which was a nice break after the past few days of travel. We start with a quick bus trip to the Hippodrome, which is an ancient arena. Only some of the markers now exist, as the stone seating (which could seat over 100,000 people) has been removed over time for other buildings. The Hippodrome runs along in front of the Blue Mosque and St Sophia.…

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  • Day 1

    Sunday 15 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    View larger image View larger image The first day of sight seeing takes us to the Bosphorus for a ferry trip. Blue, clear skies made it a perfect day to be outside. Many sights to be seen while on the water between Europe and Asia. View larger image View larger image I am collecting the correct names for each of the locations I photograph but I’ll post the photos now and …

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  • We arrive in Istanbul

    Sunday 15 April 2007 by John Lafferty.

    View larger image View larger image The plane lands on time at 8:40am local time which makes a total journey time of 23 hours for myself and the others who departed from Sydney. It was an uneventful flight with no delays and no rough weather. Some wonderful views of thunder storms as we travelled past India and Iraq. Other sights like the lights of Dubai and cloud formations help pass the time. Anything …

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