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Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and a Note on Travel Planning

It was a little disconcerting to hear about today's apparent suicide bombing near the Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul just a few hours before discussing plans for a brief upcoming visit to the Turkish metropolis. Eleven people were killed in the attack which Turkish government officials say was carried out by a suspected member…
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Wonder how much illegal migrants pay those who traffic them?

Prices vary, depending on destination and means of transport. From Turkey to Greece for example, it’s about €1,600 (US$1,966) via inflatable boat, €2,400 ($2,950) by fishing boat and €3,200 ($3,932) on board a tourist boat. The cheapest is by land, about €800 ($900) to Italy or Austria if they’re squeezed into a container on truck. That’s according…
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Delicious, with a big pinch of salt

Jake's Sunday post challenge suggestion this week is delicious. That was easy to find because it was one of the few pics in my flickr stream tagged with the word. I thoroughly enjoyed this last March at a restaurant in Istanbul - sole baked in salt. Succulent, perfectly cooked, with just the right hint of saltiness. Delicious! This was the first…
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Shoes ( #Frifotos )

I'm the most utilitarian shopper and consumer when it comes to shoes. But these, resting peacefully in a large crate in a small bazaar near the Blue Mosque in…
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45 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Istanbul

Sphendon Hotel Akbiyik Degirmeni Sk no:46 Istanbul, Turkey That is the view from one of the two small rooftop terraces. It's taken with a zoom but yes, this budget hotel is really that close to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district. Pretty nice, no? The rooms were a bit small but comfortable, there's free wifi throughout, and the…
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1min w/ skull & bones on Galip dede Caddesi, Istanbul

I really enjoy the 1 Minute Project on Vimeo, an attempt to take a brief pause to watch moments that are usually overlooked, never acknowledged and otherwise forgotten. As the title suggests, it's simply a one-minute record of and from a place where you choose to turn on a camera - sometimes they can be visually interesting and even appealing,…
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