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Athens - Day 2 - Museums and Wolves

GREECE | Saturday, 21 Jul 2012 | Views [411]

I've decided to visit a couple of museums first instead of going straight to the Acropolis. By visiting the museums, seeing the exhibits and learning about the exhibitions, hopefully it'll put some of the archaeological sites in perspective. So ... Read more >

Athens - Day 1 - Welcome to Athens

GREECE | Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | Views [745]

I still can't make up my mind about the transportation system in Turkey. There is something like 10,000km worth of railway tracks in the country and none of it goes anywhere I want to go. The only way to get from Çanakkale to Istanbul is by a 6-7 hour ... Read more >

Tags: athens, bus, canakkale, istanbul, turkey

Photos: Canakkale

TURKEY | Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Death and Glory in Canakkale

TURKEY | Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | Views [1460]

Oh Troy, your tales of heroism, my childhood fantasies, I'll be enthralled till the days of lost memories. In my thoughts, your story sounds like the melody that sweetly play through my childhood dreams. Homer, it's all your fault. Putting all sorts ... Read more >

Tags: ancient history, canakkale, gallipoli, troy, turkey

Photos: Selcuk

TURKEY | Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Going Greek in Selcuk

TURKEY | Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | Views [888]

It's been 5 days in Istanbul and what a wonderful city it is. Having done all the tourist things, I still felt there was plenty more to do and see. Alas it's time to move on because the other places I want to see are Canakkale and Selçuk. Neither are ... Read more >

Tags: ephesus, greece, selcuk, unesco

Photos: Istanbul

TURKEY | Saturday, 14 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Istanbul - Day 5 - Education, Education, Intimate Massage

TURKEY | Saturday, 14 Jul 2012 | Views [6143] | Comments [3]

Last day in Istanbul. Four days of walking around a lot and my feet hurt. So today will be taking in some museums and a chance to relax before a blitz through the Marmara region. Starting with the Mosiac Museum. In 1933 excavators discovered a ... Read more >

Tags: istanbul, massage, mosaic, museums, sauna, turkey

Istanbul - Day 4 - A lesson in Byzantine Constantinople

TURKEY | Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | Views [1106]

Just as Istanbul is built on two different continents, it's history is dominated by the two great empires of Byzantine and Ottoman. Having spent the last two days exploring Ottoman themed tours, today I'll take in some Byzantine history. Actually, ... Read more >

Tags: bazaar, byzantine, constantine, grand, istanbul university, istandbul, sightseeing, turkey, walking tour

Istanbul - Day 3 - 19th Century Istanbul

TURKEY | Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | Views [910]

Today, I'll do a walking tour of some sights related to the later Ottoman period. Staring the tour with a tram ride to Eminonu, the last stop before Galata Bridge. I decided to walk across the upper level on the way over, so that I could walk on ... Read more >

Tags: galata, istanbul, scams, sightseeing, tower, turkey, unesco, walking tour

Istanbul - Day 2 - Ottoman Istanbul

TURKEY | Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | Views [552]

Today, I have to walk 10 minutes just to get my breakfast, due to the botch up of day 1 where I'm not at the hotel I booked. I also have to carry my stuff with me as I was going to insist the hotel give me another room, which they do. It seems good ... Read more >

Tags: blue mosque, haghia sophia, istanbul, palace, sightseeing, turkey, unesco, walking tour

Istanbul - Day 1

TURKEY | Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | Views [989]

Today, I'm flying from Krakow to Istabul via Warsaw. I'd failed to heed the warnings about trains getting cancelled or delayed without warning and took the last possible train to the airport. The train is delayed by 30 minutes and as I sit there waiting ... Read more >

Tags: istanbul, scams, turkey

Photos: Krakow

POLAND | Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Krakow, Auschwitz and Wieliczka

POLAND | Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | Views [849]

It was a very short two and a half days in Warsaw when I decided to move on to Krakow. In the evening I got a train ticket from Warsaw Central and had a look at the area around station. Everything around here has dual signs in Polish and English, thanks ... Read more >

Tags: auschwitz, holocaust, krakow, old town, poland, sightseeing, wieliczka, ww2

Photos: Warsaw

POLAND | Saturday, 7 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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POLAND | Saturday, 7 Jul 2012 | Views [755]

A very confusing thing about the naming of train stations in Poland is the use of the word Central. Warsaw Central for example does not actually denote the terminal station in Warsaw. It's name means a train station in central Warsaw, which was clearly ... Read more >

Tags: old town, poland, sightseeing, warsaw, ww2

Photos: Helsinki

FINLAND | Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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FINLAND | Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | Views [1162]

I'd decided to take an 16 hour ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki. It did feel like I'd be losing a day just to travel. This would be the first time I've ever travelled overnight on a ship. Which was why I got one that would arrive in the morning so ... Read more >

Tags: finland, fort, helsinki, sightseeing, suomenlinna, walking tour

Photos: Stockholm

SWEDEN | Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | Photo Gallery

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SWEDEN | Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | Views [537]

Having walked for 15 minutes in the pouring rain to Oslo S, I'm glad to finally get under some shelter and looking forward to sitting on the train to Stockholm for the next 6 hours. As with everywhere else in Scandinavia, a ticket and a seat reservation ... Read more >

Tags: old town, sightseeing, stockholm, sweden

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