Istanbul and Constantinople

In 1994, I made an unforgettable trip and met unforgettable people. I made the trip with my good friend, Dave Harrison. Flying to Europe, we began our trip in Athens, Greece, toured the area around Athens and then took a Mediterranean cruise of the Greek islands with a side trip to Istanbul. The islands were breathtakingly beautiful, especially Santorini. Istanbul was, at that time, the most unusual and different city I had ever visited. Two years later, I would visit St. Petersburg, Russia, when Istanbul slipped into second place. The awesomeness of Istanbul resided in its unique architecture which fascinated me. Learning of the cultural backgrounds connected with sites like the Blue Mosque and the incredible museum, Topkapi, I was even more fascinated with the influence which religion had forced upon this place. The only lasting remembrances of Istanbul reside now in my beautiful glass engraved bowl and the friendship I made there with Mike and Linda Scheible, marvelous friends who will always remember with me this trip of a lifetime.



About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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One Response to Istanbul and Constantinople

  1. Dimitris says:

    I love Constantinople since my Greek grand parents from mom’s side born there.
    I have been twice there and I hope next time will be with you!
    A very romantic city with lots of history. Dimitris

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