Visiting the mosques of Istanbul

When you think of Istanbul the first image that comes to mind is probably that of Hagia Sophia. The Mosque that once was a Church, the Church that became a Mosque, and the Mosque that became a Museum to be turned back into Mosque. Yet I doubt anyone really goes to Hagia Sophia for prayer. … Continue reading Visiting the mosques of Istanbul

The Sufi Whirling Dancers – a 700-year experience in the heart of Istanbul

Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your myth Rumi Likely, you have heard of the famous 13th-century poet Rumi. The first time I came across his words was in Sarajevo, Bosnia, realising my ignorance for not knowing such an influential scholar - likely because he was Islamic and I had … Continue reading The Sufi Whirling Dancers – a 700-year experience in the heart of Istanbul

A cruise on the Bosphorus & visiting the Dolmabahçe Palace

If you have more time in Istanbul, one of the things I definitely recommend is a cruise on the Bosphorus. I indulged in a small group yacht cruise that included some drinks and snacks, information about the places we were cruising by and took us to the Asian side of Istanbul. I used Velena Cruises … Continue reading A cruise on the Bosphorus & visiting the Dolmabahçe Palace