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Minding the Gap

For the sake of time and bandwidth, I have to split a post – which would normally be a single entry under normal circumstances – into many. After a long solo trip through the Middle East and the Balkans, taking … Continue reading

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Don’t Cry, Comrade Lenin

Leaving Istanbul, I took a 10 hour night bus from Turkey to Sofia, the Bulgarian capital.  I know the last post was on Serbia, but I am just getting around to putting my Bulgaria pictures online.  Anyway, this bus was … Continue reading

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The Sky is Aflame and the River Runs Red

Tied with Pakistan, Serbia is the most anti-American country, with 56% of the population having a very negative view of America with at least another 20% having a moderately negative view.  So naturally that’s where I went today (I told … Continue reading

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Cry for Me, Gentle Moon

My final day in Istanbul I visited the Dolmabahçe (pronounced dole-ma-ba-che) Palace, the residence of the sultans from 1856 until the end of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century.  The Topkapi Palace, shown in an earlier post, was … Continue reading

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Sultans and Sinners

I have a longer post about my visit to the Dolmabahçe Palace coming soon, but this may be the first post where the pictures are better than any description I could do.  This is basically a collection of some random … Continue reading

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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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Giza

Today…wow.  Everyone has seen the Pyramids in book and movies since childhood.  Seeing them so many times sort of numbs you to their magnitude, but seeing them in real life, you are inspired of their awe that must have been … Continue reading

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