Istanbul – Bazaar – 6

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ The occupations detailed in the museum were those of Nazi Germany and then the Soviet Union. I watched some propaganda films of Estonians literally singing the praises of Josef Stalin, yet he deported 87,000 Estonians to Siberia. These people were given a small wooden suitcase to pack theirContinue reading “Istanbul – Bazaar – 6”

Istanbul – Bazaar – 5

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ I thought that I would offer the shop owner 50 Turkish Lira for the piece with a view to paying around 100 Lira maximum. I walked away to look at some other jewellery pieces and then returned, after getting lost because I took the wrong right hand turnContinue reading “Istanbul – Bazaar – 5”

Istanbul – Bazaar – 4

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Not all the souvenirs on sale in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul are tourist tat. Some areas in the market sell some seriously expensive articles – the way to tell which shops these are, is that the people selling these antiques and collector’s items don’t hassle passers-by. TheyContinue reading “Istanbul – Bazaar – 4”

Istanbul – Spice Bazaar – 3

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ I made the mistake of lingering for three seconds looking at a blue T-shirt of Istanbul. “Welcome back,” said a voice. “Thank you,” I said. “You have been here before I think.” “Yes I have,” I said, “in 1999 and 1990.” “I have been hereContinue reading “Istanbul – Spice Bazaar – 3”

A trip to Everest Base Camp

A no-holds-barred account of a trip to the Everest Base Camp http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jul/16/-sp-mount-everest-the-go-slow-guide-to-base-camp-with-a-fast-ride-home