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Re: Where Gumbo Was #14: A Sewer Journey

TravelandNature ·
How people have solved civil engineering problems is of great interest to many persons. I have visited the Egouts several times over the years. It is very interesting to see how the engineers went about providing - and continue to do provide - this important service for the growing city. A related infrastructure challenge for developing areas is always how to provide clean water for the populace. In Istanbul, it is possible to visit one of the ancient cisterns to see how this feat was...
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Re: Hagia Sophia: Incredible in Every Way (Where Gumbo Was, #103)

Travel Rob ·
Wow! It's absolutely spectacular! Another great puzzle and reveal!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 11, 2015: Dome of the Blue Mosque

GarryRF ·
Next door to https://www.travelgumbo.com/blo...4#384386029277779564 May 1st 2014 Picture of the day !
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 11, 2015: Dome of the Blue Mosque

Ottoman ·
Nice photo PHeymont, and mentioning my name just adds that extra nice touch.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 11, 2015: Dome of the Blue Mosque

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Ottoman: Nice photo PHeymont, and mentioning my name just adds that extra nice touch. Didn't know that you owned an empire?!? Next time YOU buy the drinks.
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Re: A Visit to Topkapi, Part 1

Travel Rob ·
Spectacular!
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Re: A Visit to Topkapi, Part 1

PortMoresby ·
I remember that restaurant fondly. A woman on her own was seated with us and we became instant friends, still in touch after 12 years.
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Re: Is a stopover in Iceland worthwhile

PHeymont ·
Well, I said so much about Iceland, I decided to leave the rest for another post. Getting from Barcelona (or Madrid) to Lisbon: the only practical way is to fly. Train takes too long for this one, and costs more! From Barcelona to Lisbon, flights on Vueling, Iberia, TAP, etc. run from $35 one-way to about $80 before you hit the high-priced ones. I just looked in May; Vueling and Iberia have $68 in the morning and $35 at 7:30 pm. Madrid-Lisbon, there's a $40 mid-day flight, but most other...
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Istanbul's 'Blue Mosque'

PHeymont ·
On our first day in Istanbul, after arriving at 4:30 on a Sunday morning and heading straight to a nap we went for a walk to reconnoiter the neighborhood. What a neighborhood! Within 5 to 10 minutes easy walk we passed the Topkapi Palace, the massive...
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Hagia Sophia: Incredible in Every Way (Where Gumbo Was, #103)

PHeymont ·
Hagia Sophia is surely one of the most widely-recognized buildings on Earth, which is amazing considering that the world is so populated with other buildings modeled on it or even directly copied from it. Built as a Byzantine church, it became the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Mar. 11, 2015: Dome of the Blue Mosque

PHeymont ·
The best-known active mosque in Istanbul, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, stands next door to Hagia Sophia, which it replaced as the mosque of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It was built in the early 17th century, on...
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Street Food and Market: Istanbul

HSussman ·
This was our third trip to Istanbul, and we had already covered all the major “must do” tourist locations and several of the minor ones. Yes, Istanbul has some great restaurants, but it’s time to relax and pay some attention to...
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Cruise ships: How big is too big?

PHeymont ·
MSC launches its biggest ship, Meraviglia, 4th largest in the world, and hopes to be a bigger competitor for Royal Caribbean and Carnival.
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May 26, 2017: Boy on a Dolphin

seesaw ·
Hydra, the Greek island where Sophia Loren's classic, Boy on a Dolphin, was filmed, commemorates with a statue.
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Trabzon, Turkey: Ancient History, Modern Life

Lestertheinvestor ·
Lester shares a visit to the ancient city of Trabzon, exploring its history and sights.
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Dec. 31, 2019: Mystras, Byzantium's Second City

Marilyn Jones ·
Marilyn Jones visits the hillside castle town that saw the coronation of the last Byzantine Emperor.
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Top 25 landmarks...how many have you seen?

PHeymont ·
Not on the list...      Photo: Tysto / Wikimedia   TripAdvisor's released its Top 25 Travelers' Choice landmark list again, and the first thing that stands out is that 8 of the top 10 are religious structures or importance. The...
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Turkey Travel: 10 Beautiful Places to Visit in Turkey

John Peter ·
Are you planning to go to Turkey anytime soon? I'm sure you are, that could be one of the reasons you are reading this article right now. Anyway, I'm here with a bit of first-hand advice to save your time. There are a few places in Turkey that you must visit at all costs! Let’s start with our little list. Source: http://www.ce.udel.edu 1. Hagia Sophia You cannot possibly miss out on this one, guys. This place is located in Istanbul, and it was constructed in the sixth Century, it is...
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Picture of the Day May 1st, 2014 - Hagia Sophia, Turkey

GarryRF ·
Hagia Sophia was the Cathedral of Constantinople (now Istanbul) when it was built in the year 537 AD. In 1453 it was changed from being a Church to a Mosque. Today this building is a Museum and worship is strictly prohibited. Turkey is where the West...
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'Marriage Italian Style' gets an update

PHeymont ·
Italy's marriage laws are under debate as senators have proposed eliminating fidelity from the legal marriage contract.
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Australia’s Most Beautiful Islands For Your Bucket List

Sophie Armstrong (Guest) ·
Sophia Armstrong has several suggestions for interesting islands to visit off the Australian coast (sponsored content)
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The Glorious Mosaics of Ravenna

PHeymont ·
Almost every city has something unique or distinctive to show off, and in Ravenna’s case it is the largest and most spectacular collection of Byzantine mosaics you can find. Together, the mosaic sites have given Ravenna, a not-especially-large...
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Sept. 18, 2018: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Marilyn Jones ·
Join Marilyn Jones on a visit to one of the world's wonders, now a museum, but for centuries a church and then a mosque.
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February 8, 2019: Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe shares a visit to the lovely 17th century palace and gardens of Charlottenburg, near Berlin.
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo (#103)

PHeymont ·
And one answer posted by e-mail earlier in the week by PortMoresby, who said: "This looks suspiciously similar—Hagia Sophia." And she was right. Check in tomorrow for a lot more about an amazing place!
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Re: In the Grand Bazaar

PortMoresby ·
I loved the Grand Bazaar, but preferred the jewelry to the tee shirts.
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Re: Snow in Istanbul

PortMoresby ·
Are you taking it personally yet?
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Re: Snow in Istanbul

DrFumblefinger ·
I hope you packed your thermal underwear
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Re: Snow in Istanbul

PHeymont ·
Yes, but not our boots. All predictions in advance were for a dusting to an inch!
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? (#107)

PHeymont ·
Appears to be brick, but fairly crude and non-uniform brick. Could it have once been covered with, say, stucco or cement? High proportion of mortar to brick reminds me of what I learned from Nova's show on Hagia Sophia: the high proportion may make it more able to resist earthquake damage. Could this be in an area with a lot of earthquakes?
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Re: Where in the World is TravelGumbo? #83

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Reminds me of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Maybe it is? I busy looking up in awe at the ceiling work and pillars and not down at the floor.
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A Step Street in Istanbul

PHeymont ·
A Step Street in Istanbul
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Snow in Istanbul

PHeymont ·
Snow in Istanbul
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Marble panels in Hagia Sophia

PHeymont ·
Marble panels in Hagia Sophia
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Marble patterns at Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

PHeymont ·
Marble patterns at Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
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In the Grand Bazaar

PHeymont ·
In the Grand Bazaar
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6 Places You Must Visit During Your Istanbul Visit

Aimee (Guest) ·
Istanbul is a terrific city. Aimee shares some of its greatest landmarks (sponsored content)
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Decision due on fate of Hagia Sophia

PHeymont ·
As Turkey considers returning the 1500-year-old landmark to use as a mosque, many issues remain.
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A Visit to Topkapi, Part 1

PHeymont ·
A visit to fabled Topkapi, imperial and administrative center of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years
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Monemvasia, Peloponnese, Greece

Professorabe ·
Join ProfessorAbe on a visit to this ancient walled town on an island facing its mainland 'new town'
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The National Arts Club

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L visits the National Arts Club, a private club that promotes fine art to the public
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