I'm back - this is rather later than I'd planned but I've just killed another laptop so I've been waiting for a replacement keyboard from Amazon ( what would we do without them).
Thousands of photos later, here are a few of the selected highlights from the last couple of weeks. Firstly Istanbul. Well where to begin? A huge vibrant city and a mix of the old and new. We didn't have time to fully explore the old city; never mind the new.
So just a few pictures then:
Firstly the bronze Serpent pillar dedicated to Apollo from the Hippodrome. This is in the heart of the old city by the famous Blue Mosque. There are three serpents twisted together and it is known to be at least 2500 years old. The heads have sadly been removed but.....
The Istanbul museum holds many treasures including reliefs from the gates of Babylon themselves. Truly amazing.
However if I was to post all the pictures that are worth showing, this would be the longest blog post in history so moving on....
The next pillar has a further head of Medusa but at a 45degree angle. Obviously reused from the past there is no history of their original location.
You may recognise the location from the Bond film "From Russia with Love".
Full of Byzantine Christian mosaics and paintings mixed with some surprisingly secular carvings and of course the ubiquitous Turkish gold and blue this was an undoubted highlight of the city.