Out & About in Istanbul


Hiya people!! Let me confess that today’s post is purely selfish. I am on my lunch break and can’t stop obsessing about the results of Nigeria’s elections. Been going around asking my colleagues, “any news? any news?” since 11a.m. when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) started to announce. So in order to stop my heart from racing and to give myself peace of mind, I decided to go down memory lane and re-live my trip to Turkey by scrolling through photos on my phone.

Enjoy them with me. And may God bless Nigeria and whatever part of the world you are reading from. May more love permeate our lives…

 

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Fortress-like building on our way somewhere. Actually didn’t stop here, so if you know what building this is, pray tell.

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The City Gates, the roof top and the beautiful clear skies! Turkey really captured my heart, it was like Lagos, chaotic and beautiful… so unbelievably calm in some areas and just a few blocks away, pulsating, and teeming with life…
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I took this photo from the rooftop terrace of the restaurant where I had dinner that day. I believe this is the Blue Mosque…
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The architecture was breath taking around Istanbul. The Mosques and the parks around them were beautiful, to see the excellence and beauty that human hands are capable of…
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I wanted to buy this praying mat for my Mother, but you know how when a trip is coming to end, and you start to ration your money so that if you have any issues at the airport, like excess luggage, or a missed flight, you can still have some cash to pay? Well, I was already at that stage, so I sent her a photo instead. Loved it! Still do.
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My Owambe Candle followed me on this trip. On this trip, it left from Nigeria, went to Chicago and then to Turkey  but sadly didn’t make it back to Nigeria. This candle was a trooper! Accompanied me everywhere (for photo ops) till I forgot it in the restaurant (in photo) above on the last night. Was so sad! Anyhow, what’s an afternoon of traipsing around a Turkish market without a photo with the spices?

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Built between 1609 and 1616, the Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet is considered to be the last great mosque of the Ottoman classical period. Its design has the influence of both Ottoman mosque and Byzantine church architecture.
Inside the Blue Mosque. The excellence, the detail, the light that streamed through the stained glass, I was moved to tears…
And to prayers…
Hagia Sophia…

Hagia Sophia, is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have “changed the history of architecture.” Built as a church in 360, it was converted to a mosque in 1453 and remained so until 1931, when it was turned into a museum. It was designed by the Greek scientists Isidore of Miletus, a physicist, and Anthemius of Tralles, a mathematician. It was the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years and it was so was so richly and artistically decorated that Justinian (who commissioned the structure above), is said to have proclaimed, “Solomon, I have outdone thee!” (source http://www.Globotreks.com)

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The trusty old candle and I.
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Just loved the colourful building. Forgive the picture quality. For some reason I had left my iPhone charger in checked in luggage and so had to use my other, camera’s phone.

 

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As night fell, we left… This was meant to be a photo of the candle overlooking the city lights… but alas, it dumped me for the bright lights of Istanbul, I actually think it walked away from me at the Restaurant… LOL! Let’s hope someone in Turkey is enjoying a candle made and poured by my own hands, that would be such a delight!!!

Anyhow, virtual voyage done! Time to get back to work. And please “any news?”

 

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