Tag Archives: Turkey

Ayasofya Mosque, Istanbul

Monday Morning Blues – The Ayasofya Mosque In Istanbul.

The beguiling Ayasofya Mosque in Istanbul started out as a Christian Orthodox Cathedral called Agia Sofia when Istanbul was named Constantinople. Built in 537, it was converted to a mosque when the city fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. When Ataturk founded the new secular Turkey a few years after WWI, the mosque was […]

Read An E-Book A Week – Reading At A Discount

Book Cover of Drip by Drip a thriller set in Cambodia and available from Amazon

My Iconic Travel Moments Part 3 – 2011 to 2019 (#5)

Number 5 – Train to Georgia You may well know by now that I love an overnight train journey – throw in a dining car with fabulous views too and I am completely bowled over! In 2015 I travelled to Georgia from Istanbul, taking a train to the edge of the Kurdish region of Turkey […]

Long Distance Bus Journeys – A Cautionary Tale

I have had my fair share of bus journeys that were memorable for all the wrong reasons. Disasters include: Blown tyres and wheel changes in Java and Laos Ending up in a ditch in Bali with us teetering over the edge of a sheer drop A complete breakdown and three hour wait for a replacement […]

The Volatile History Of The Balkan Peninsular

The Balkans region is a wonderful place to visit, being so full of history and contrasts. You can read about my travels there in my book available on Amazon. A brief history of the region appears in the book and is also shown below, giving you a flavour as to why this is such a […]

Haydarpasa Station, Istanbul

Friday Photos – Haydarpasa Train Station, Istanbul

Haydarpasa on the Asian side of the Bosphorus was my gateway to Syria back in 2009. It has been shut for since 2012, with trains eastwards departing from elsewhere in Istanbul. This meant the 2015 journey I undertook to Georgia started from the suburb of Pendik. It really is a grand old station that was […]

European Train Tour #4 – Eastern Europe

Train Tours Around Eastern Europe This is more an account of several train tours undertaken between 2006 and 2014, some of which are featured in my book about train tours in the Balkans. 2006, Istanbul – Thessaloniki – Meteora – Skopje – Lake Ohrid – Nis – Sofia We were due to take a October […]

Pristina Train, Han I Elezit, Kosovo

Train Travel In The Balkans – A Reflection

Travelling By Train Across The Balkans It is now over 18 months since I published my book featuring train travel in every Balkan country. With train journeys anywhere off my agenda since February, it is with even greater fondness that I look back on past trips. Some of my most memorable Balkan journeys (all featured […]

View of Istanbul from the Bosphorus Ferry

Friday Photo – Leaving Istanbul

In May 2009 I left Istanbul to embark on a journey overland to Syria. First up I needed to get out of Europe and into Asia. In Istanbul this is as simple as catching a ferry across the Bosphorus (or under it nowadays through the Marmara Tunnel, by train). You can read about my visits […]

Wordless Wednesday – View From A Turkish Train