Monthly Archives: June 2010

The World Spins Around Istanbul

Today I visited one of Istanbul’s most well-known sites, the Topkapi Palace.  This is where the sultans ruled the Ottoman Empire for the first 400 years before the construction of the Dolmabahçhe Palace in 1856.  The place is a giant … Continue reading

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Türkiye

With 8 days before I meet my friend Paul in London, my original plan was to visit Alexandria and head back to Tel Aviv, winding out a massive Egypt journey.   Instead, I was able to book a last-minute (9 … Continue reading

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Karnak and the Valley of the Kings

Later that day (see earlier post), I explored the giant complex of temples, pylons, and a giant pool that are collectively known as the Karnak Temple.  This site is the largest religious structure ever built in all of human history … Continue reading

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East of Eden…or at least the Nile

After 2 full days in Cairo (I’m spending 3 more full days here toward the end of my trip) visiting the Pyramids at Giza, seeing the mummy of Ramses II, and dining on local Egyptian fare, I took the night … Continue reading

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