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Lighting out for the territory nce more in the Middle East. The more I travel the more I want to travel and the longer that I am out of England the happier I am. At present in Iraq and having a wonderful time. really fallen in love with the country and the people. Very glad I came and

Turkey

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Gallery: Istanbul again!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 | Photo Gallery

In transit to Syria
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Gallery: The Ferry across Lake Van

Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Gallery: Train to Tehran

Sunday, 12 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

The party on wheels
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Fri 10th Oct - Trans Asia Express

Friday, 10 Oct 2008 | Views [648]

I awoke in the Bible. In Beyhan dry baked station somewhere. It is a long day but the landscape is getting greener -the persistence of life is something else. Last night Nigel, jeanne and Stuart were the last to leave the party and were landed with ... Read more >

Tags: delays, lake van


Gallery: The last of Istanbul

Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

sob, sob
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The Party on Wheels!

Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | Views [881]

The landscape thru Turkey is like the moon and strangely satisfying after the chaos of Istanbul. A few cows, one shepherd with his flok at the water's edge, one tiny army base, then colourless land mile after mile. I am drinking coffee in the restaurant ... Read more >


Goodbye, Istanbul

Thursday, 9 Oct 2008 | Views [893]

I will miss: Yoghurt and fruit, turkish coffee and black kitten at the Waterpipe cafe. Mosques singing to each other at dusk. The changing enchanting population at the Big Apple hostel in Sultanahmet. Nipping across the Bosphorous on an errand. Walking ... Read more >

Tags: trans-asia express


How it should be

Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | Views [803]

'We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars' Oscar Wilde Or, in the case of Jon and me last night in Istanbul, sitting in the road on little red plastic stools in good Turkish company watching a cartman make kebab. Then eating ... Read more >

Tags: food, the point of travel


8th Oct - Istanbul

Wednesday, 8 Oct 2008 | Views [396]

The excitement! Packed and checked out by 12, left hateful rucksack under Fergus' bed and out into Sultanahmet for the last time. Been here so long now was quite happy to chat extensively with carpet shopman and extricate myself gracefully. I was impressed.... Read more >

Tags: money, off again


Gallery: Istanbul

Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Istanbul
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Tues 7 Oct - Istanbul

Tuesday, 7 Oct 2008 | Views [311]

Last real day here. Stayed up late reading new book Jason Goodwin's Lords of the Horizon, the history of the Ottoman Empire. I am up to 1329. It is, like his Yashmin the Eunuch novels, terrific. The guy can write. Good sleep tho missed Jon. Woke up ... Read more >


Mon 6th Oct - Istanbul

Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | Views [868]

Woken up by the bored Aussie kids going off to Gallipoli which is another thing they probably won't enjoy or see the point of, poor lads. Breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Bosphorus which is beginning to feel like a normal thing to do. Damn it, ... Read more >

Tags: banks, living in istanbul


Sun 5th Oct - Istanbul

Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | Views [937]

Had free breakfast on the roof terrace and it was shaping up to be very hot but an hour later Bang! pouring rain and temp dropped like a concubine in a sack into the Bosphorous. So cheered up enormously. Nigel and Jeanne lent me their laptop, first time ... Read more >

Tags: rain, tsunami


Sat 4 Oct - Istanbul

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Almost went into Agia Sophia today - queued for a bit while I had a cigarette, then got bored and wandered off. I am conscious of money, yes,and it is a tenner to go in but I really just like hanging out, riding the trams, nipping across the Bosphorous ... Read more >

Tags: mosque vs toddler - no contest


Fri 3 Oct - Istanbul

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Yes!!!! Cafe on Ankara Caddessi 9.45 am. We have visa, we are good for Tehran, we have 12 days. maybe I won't go even now I have the choice. hohoho, I have the visa and all in half an hour thanks to utterly charming man in consulate and some ... Read more >

Tags: iran visa, manteau


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