Monthly Archives: March 2011

An Afternoon in Patras

I had several fine, inexpensive meals in Athens, most memorably at a family-run restaurant in the Plaka section, just below the Acropolis. While I was there the staff was somewhat frantically preparing for a private dinner party for 60 people … Continue reading

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Athens Without Drachma

Having my pocket picked on the Athens Metro, and visiting the Acropolis. Continue reading

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The Grand Bazaar

On my last day in town I visited the Istanbul Archeological Museums. It is probably a bad idea to visit a museum when you face a deadline for checking out of your hotel and an afternoon flight. These things distracted … Continue reading

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Morning in Istanbul

I was up with the muezzin this morning, and out the door of the hotel at 5:15, before the call to prayers ended. Let’s just say that the streets were not exactly teeming with the faithful answering the call. The … Continue reading

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Sultan Ahmet Mosque

This is the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, nicknamed The Blue Mosque by visitors because of the interior’s blue tile and paint. It has lush carpeting and is nicely appointed. The organizing theme of the mosque’s interior is tulips, which I overheard … Continue reading

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No Train Greece

I walked the short distance to the Sirkeci train station hoping to buy a train ticket to Thessalonica in Greece on the Turkish Railway and, from there, to Athens on the Greek system. However the taciturn Turkish railway clerks simply … Continue reading

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