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Old 13th January 2010, 07:07   #1
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Default The Swiss Alps and Turkish Culture: A PHOTOBLOG!

Hello Everyone!

Here i am once again presenting to you a trip i had done almost about 2 years back. Hence i am going to let you enjoy through the pictures only as I wont have much to write. But there are details about the all the pics. So, have fun and feel free to ask anything.

This trip was done with my college mates and hence missed my wife (newly married). (I had to go as there were credits at stake!)
Hence could not go into the snow and enjoy much. Would love to go there once more. hehe!

One teaser pic:

This image was taken by me from my hotel balcony, and believe me I almost felt i was in the deep freezer of a very good refrigerator! Brrrrrrr....!

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More of this PHOTOBLOG coming up!

I would like some encouragement guys to post all the photos.. as this is an old trip. THANKS!
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Old 13th January 2010, 08:16   #2
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Wonderful picture unoczar. Guess that's enough of encouragement to start with with

Jokes aside, do post the pics, esp the turkish delights.
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Old 14th January 2010, 18:10   #3
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I'm Starting with some pictures from Turkey. I was in Istanbul and it is a wonderful wonderful city. The architecture is hugely awesome and the roads, shops, infrastructure is fully developed and also retaining its heritage and all the monuments and museums. I was even thinking about settling there for a moment, hehe! I was here for only a few days and trust me, you need at least a month to really enjoy the whole city, leave alone other amazing cities.


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Superbikes on sales in the streets of istanbul (hayabusa??!). if i remember correctly they were going very cheap. anyone know which bike?

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a rabbit and a baby rabbit for sale probably, i also saw a tarot rabbit, like they use parrots here. really cute.

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A typical turkish kabristan, look out for arabic inscriptions on the stone.

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An example of turkish architecture, a masjid with huge minar and kabootar's of course!
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Dil maange more bhai. This is very very lesss...
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Old 14th January 2010, 19:04   #5
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Dil maange more bhai. This is very very lesss...

more coming up.. dont worry

thoda busy hun. many more coming up...
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Old 14th January 2010, 21:25   #6
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Default more from turkey!

2nd installment of pictures from ISTANBUL! marvelous architecture and natural beauty!

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This is where we had our first lunch on day 1. Hotel ALI BABA. Notice the chimney, work of art!

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Our hotel room, we were wondering how this would be in the beginning, but we were pleasantly surprised! Nice, clean, comfy!

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Hotel Lobby, we also had sumptuous breakfast on all mornings and we ate as much as we could.. save on lunch! hehe..

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Not far from the city is the area called Eminonu! Adjacent to the MIRAMAR SEA (hope i'm not wrong!) Wonderful boats, huge ships and nice clean waters, with lots of jellyfish like things (pics later)

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Yes! went out to sea! Notice the loooong bridge in the background! The whole area has lots of water and islands and wonderful bridges and boats can be seen everywhere!

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Dotting the entire skyline of Istanbul are masjids. Beautiful architectural wonders from the period of Ottoman empire. I just could not take my eyes off them!

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This is the famous "SULTAN AHMED MASJID". Some renovation works going on. More Pics of this huge masjid later.
PS: This is not the biggest!
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Very good photos, especially that of Masjid. Waiting for more, come on.

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Old 14th January 2010, 22:02   #8
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Very good photos, especially that of Masjid. Waiting for more, come on.

CLJ

thanks bhai,

sabr ka phal meetha hota hai.. hehe..

i'm trying my best to do this ASAP.
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Hey great thread. Would love to go to Istanbul.

Isin't that the bridge that connects Europe and Asia??

IIRC it also connects the old town to new town along the Bosporous
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Old 15th January 2010, 06:07   #10
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Hey great thread. Would love to go to Istanbul.

Isin't that the bridge that connects Europe and Asia??

IIRC it also connects the old town to new town along the Bosporous

The bosporous does connect EUR-ASIA.. but i dont know if thats that. i have another night view of the bosporous, hope that would be great for us.

correction: sea is maramar, not miramar.

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Old 15th January 2010, 11:54   #11
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Default Across Sea of Maramar to an island.

Hey guys,

3rd installment and we're still in turkey. Following pictures are from a small boat we commandeered and took it to a small island about an hour away! The island is almost a small mountain and very scenic and beautiful.
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A fountain right in the middle of the sea there. Couldnt go near..

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But got a close up shot! hehe...

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To the seas! under the bridge!

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Lots of huge cruise ships there!

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OIL ANYONE?

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Many colors of nature...

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Jellyfish is it?

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More water.. notice the contrast in sizes of the boats in upper right side

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More jelly?

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Some more...

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Huge ship!

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Lighthouse...

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Wonderful turkish architecture, anyone know about the building?

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Big Sea!

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I felt scared once, as the boat was small and was moving quite a lot!

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Finally we reach this island, beautiful small island. seen here is the town center.

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Nice shopping places there and cafe's too! Seen at the entrance are my friends.

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Two of them forced me to climb atop the hill, PHEW!

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Look at the steep climb, bache ki jaan loge?

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Thats the biggest fatest crow i've ever seen!

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While returning from the island, stayed away from the edge! hehe..


More pics from Turkey coming up...
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Wow. Wonderful pics Unoczar. Like the captions too!
Keep them coming.
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Old 15th January 2010, 16:32   #13
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Wow. Wonderful pics Unoczar. Like the captions too!
Keep them coming.

hi brother,

thank you.

BTW, you dint make it to the meet? There were few people anyways, i had a fun time.
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Old 16th January 2010, 15:31   #14
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Default Inside the YENI CAMI (New mosque!)

Another set of photographs from the famous and beautiful masjids of istanbul!

Majority of pics in this set are from the YENI CAMI, a masjid built in the 1600s. It is adjacent to the harbor from where we took a boat. A couple of pics from another masjid too!



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Yeni camii, orange sunlight in the evening


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Another orange shot!


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Inside view from the entrance.


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The place used to give friday sermons, Pure gold is used in many places!


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Cascading domes


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A very unique way to light up the interiors


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Circles and strings of simple bulbs!


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More lighting, that small wooden barricade is for tourists (non-muslim), not allowed beyond that point.


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Stunning work done on the domes' interiors


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Lights off! I was all alone that night in an unknown place, didnt know how to go back, but made it somehow in the late night.


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Same shot without flash.


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That guy sitting in the left corner, named ORHA, i spoke to him for about an hour after the night prayers.


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Lovely lighting to light up the minarets.


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This is another small masjid nearby.


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Inside view.


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Almost all ottoman time domes have work like this.


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The mesh like divider you see here is for ladies to come n pray in masjids. Something we might never see in India (regular).


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Again, beautiful lighting and gold used.



Please stay tuned guys, more from turkey coming up. Also swiss to follow later...
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wonderful, Unoczar! '

thoroughly enjoyed.
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