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Istanbul 2015

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Gnomon - time to move on

I've booked a few days in Istanbul in March. I'll fly over there on a Monday and fly back on the Friday. This will give me three and a half days to look around.

I saw most of the main sights last year when I went on a Guided Tour - between the guided bits and the bits I did myself I saw most of the things I wanted to see.

There were three main sights which I didn't get to, and I also wouldn't mind visiting some of the others again, so I'll have more than enough to do.

This time, rather than staying in a bland, anonymous hotel at the edge of the business district, I'll be in a small quirky hotel right in the middle of the tourist area, just south of Hagia Sophia.


Istanbul 2015

Post 2

You can call me TC

On your own?


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Post 3

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

I know people who have gone there. It blew them away [in a good way smiley - smiley]


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Post 4

Gnomon - time to move on

Yes, I'm going on my own. Mrs G doesn't get as much leave from work as I do, so I'd either be sitting at home on my own for a week or exploring somewhere interesting.

Last year, I went on my own as part of a guided tour. I didn't know any of the other people on the tour. This time, I reckon I know my way around well enough not to need a guide.


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Post 5

Sho - gainfully employed again

I'm going back to Istanbul soon-ish (when it's not cold and grey) but I need to work it so that I can be there on a day when there's a football match. That is something I really really want to experience. smiley - smiley


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Post 6

Recumbentman

Follow your fascination smiley - ok


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Post 7

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

I think I've just learned that they play football in Istanbul. smiley - wow

Here in Boston, the kind of football we play is being roiled by accusation that the new England Patriots cheated by underinflating their footballs. Not being a football fan, I am not understanding why it is cheating if both teams are playing with the same ball, whether properly inflated or not. The underinflated ball might favor the Patriots' opponents, might it not?


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Post 8

The Left Reverend Doktor Baron Grim

I'm not a handegg fan myself, but I was quite surprised when hearing about this so called "deflate-gate" that each team is supplied with their own set of about a dozen balls which are inspected minutes before the game. smiley - huh

That's just asking for shennanigans. Apparently one of the clues that led to this discovery was an interception.


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Post 9

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

The coach has denied any wrongdoing.


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Post 10

Recumbentman

If you ain't cheatin' you ain't tryin'. Heard that ascribed to Lee Marvin.


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Post 11

Gnomon - time to move on

Keeping track of my planned trip here: A87847140

I'll be staying at www.emzoe.com


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Post 12

Gnomon - time to move on

Only six days now until my trip to Istanbul. The weather will not be great while I'm there, but I'll get a week away from work.


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Post 13

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

The weather forecasts might be wrong. But there should be some great sights to see indoors as well, regardless of the weather outside. smiley - smiley


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Post 14

Recumbentman

Going to pick up some more exotic musical instruments? What do they play there?


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Post 15

Gnomon - time to move on

Galata has the street of musical instruments - the oud is a common Turkish instrument - it's the original lute without any frets. It would be too big to bring back on the plane, though.


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Post 16

Recumbentman

Sure would. Funny thing is that it did have frets once. In the fifteenth century it seems they removed the frets; fretted and non-fretted 'uds may have continued to co-exist for a while.


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Post 17

Gnomon - time to move on

Perhaps that was when the Ottomans came up with the system of flattening the thirds by a comma from Pythagorean to make them more consonant. Frets just get in the way.


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Post 18

paulh. the world is a circus, but why d I have to work without a net?

I wouldn't fret about that too much. smiley - winkeye


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Post 19

Gnomon - time to move on

Waiting for the bus to the airport.


Istanbul 2015

Post 20

Gnomon - time to move on

On the bus.


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