5 Essential Istanbul Experiences – 5

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Situated in the Galata district of Istanbul, my final recommendation is Karakoy Gulluglu, a pastry shop that is probably the best place in the city to buy baklava. Situated just over the Golden Horn from Eminonu, the nearest tram stop is Karakoy. It can be easily visited afterContinue reading “5 Essential Istanbul Experiences – 5”

5 Essential Istanbul Experiences – 4

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Istanbul Modern has permanent and temporary exhibition galleries of mainly modern paintings, a photography gallery, a library, a cinema, and a café. Its educational and social programs are aimed at all ages and are changed often enough to encourage visitors to keep coming back to visit theContinue reading “5 Essential Istanbul Experiences – 4”

5 Essential Istanbul Experiences – 3

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ The view from the Galata tower is probably the best view in the city. The tower is not that tall, but it’s the position that makes the view really great. After paying the entrance fee visitors ascend in the lift, and then climb up a winding staircase toContinue reading “5 Essential Istanbul Experiences – 3”

5 Essential Istanbul Experiences – 2

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ The Basilica Cistern is the most impressive piece of engineering in the city. Located in Sultanahmet, close to Haghia Sofia and the Topkapi Palace, this place is not quite as popular as the aforementioned attractions, so make the most of it. It’s like visiting a cathedral underground. The atmosphericContinue reading “5 Essential Istanbul Experiences – 2”

5 essential Istanbul experiences – 1

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Istanbul has many world-class sights including Haghia Sofia, the Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. But I would recommend finding experiences beyond these places to discover what this city on the Bosphorus is all about. The following places will give any visitor an idea of the real Istanbul, whereContinue reading “5 essential Istanbul experiences – 1”

Gobekli Tepe – Part 8

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ At some point the stone base has been damaged meaning that two of the birds have lost their heads, but their bodies are preserved. The bodies of all seven birds exhibited no discernible chipping marks that you might expect with a stone implement and indeed it looked to meContinue reading “Gobekli Tepe – Part 8”

Gobekli Tepe – Part 7

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ One of the 5.5 metre high monoliths rests on a square, stone base. On one edge of this base are carved seven wading birds standing proud from the rest of the stone. These birds are evenly spaced and from a distance look remarkably similar. Their beaks are wellContinue reading “Gobekli Tepe – Part 7”

Gobekli Tepe – Part 6

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Standing at the entrance to the walkway over the four excavated enclosures it’s difficult to comprehend that 11,000 years ago hunter-gatherers were creating a religious site at all let alone one that will be an acre in size by the time the whole site is excavated. LookingContinue reading “Gobekli Tepe – Part 6”

Gobekli Tepe – Part 5

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Enclosure C was discovered in 1998 and contains two concentric circles of pillars. Enclosure D, discovered in 2001, contains two central pillars 5.5 metres high. Another pillar contains an image of a headless man with an erect phallus. Another pillar in this enclosure possesses a similar image. Both ofContinue reading “Gobekli Tepe – Part 5”

Gobekli Tepe – Part 4

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Visitors to the site walk on gangways above the four enclosures that have been unearthed so far. Each enclosure contains numerous monoliths that are surrounded by 2-3 metre high stone walls. Enclosure A was discovered in 1995 and excavated between 1996 and 1997. The main features of 10 this enclosureContinue reading “Gobekli Tepe – Part 4”