January 15, 2010

Happy New Year! Back from Turkey and Back from Malaysia!


Happy New Year ladies! I hope you enjoyed your christmas break. I apologise for the lack of posts for 1 whole month, simply because of travel and work. I'm finally settled down in Singapore (no travels intended for another 2 weeks) and my camera needs a rest from all the photo-snapping of all the beautiful sites of Turkey. I travelled for 10 days from Singapore to Istanbul - Panakulle - Cappadoccia - Ankara. Needed a long break from the pressure of work and it's nice to also get some down-time with family.

Upon arrival, we visited the blue mosque. It was truly magnifique! This is where the Muslims get their absolution...


The detailing inside the mosque


The reason for it being called the blue mosque is the colour of the tiles


From outside...


Then we went to another museum that was converted from a mosque and Christian church. So, we saw images of Christianity and Islam under one roof.


Istanbul is separated into 2 parts; the European and the Asian. The European side consist of mostly businesses, whilst the Asian being more residential. So here I am looking over to the Asian side...


Garfield! :)


Turkey has the most amazing water views, almost like Sydney but much bigger!


We visited alot of mosques... This tomb is covered in tiles, which is a popular thing with Muslims.


And here is the cottage of Virgin Mary after the death of Jesus.


Now we head to the city of Ephesus. This is the Roman City, much bigger than the preservation in Rome, Italy.




This is what's left over from the library...


The Roman toilets


Marketplace...


The traditional Roman statues all have white eyeballs... FYI


In Panakulle, there are thermal springs with a high composition of lime and minerals. This looks like snow, but in fact it's solidified limestone.


Moving on, we head over the most amazing place in Turkey, Cappadoccia. What you see of the huge stone formations is a natural process of centuries of ice, snow, and rain...


The caps on the formations is completely natural and these caps will eventually drop off another century. A dying beauty...


Back in the olden days, Christianity was exiled and here are where all the christians hid...


In fact, they even made churches inside these formations, as you can see below. This is olden time fresco!


The landscapes of Cappadoccia is truly amazing...


The volcano from afar... usually it's covered in mist but that day we were pretty lucky to see it.


And when there are emergencies that involved life or death, the christians will hide in these tunnels that looped in and out like a labyrinth. It's really depressing to be in there because the ceilings are so low and there's no light.


I've never done hot air ballooning and so we had an option to try it out. The process of blowing a hot air balloon will take about 30mins and the mechanics is very interesting. In fact, they use a fan to blow air into the balloon then blast fire into the middle to heat up the air inside, which elevates the entire thing. Each balloon can fit a maximum of 16 people.




All the hot air balloons from the sky! A beautiful sight...


And a beautiful way to start the new year. Happy new year!!

1 comment:

miss wiggle said...

Wow, you got to see Hagia Sophia! I'd love to visit that mosque one day!

And you went on a hot air balloon!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd love to do that, but I think it's like, $200-$300 for 20 minutes. Crazy!

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