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The Mansions On The Bosphorus

Y is for Yali. No, not that mythical creature from Hindu mythology, but the gorgeous waterfront mansions lining the banks of the Bosphorus! Derived from the Greek Yialos, meaning seashore, these 17th century mansions whose architectural styles can only be termed ‘eclectic’ were intended as summer abodes for the Turkish bourgeoisie, whose numbers swelled with the extension of the Ottoman…

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Free Spirit

“I don’t call myself a Buddhist. I’m a free spirit. I believe I’m here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that’s my religion.” ~ Alice Walker Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend.

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A Night Cruise On The Seine

The landmarks of Paris seem even more beautiful – if that were possible – from the Siene and the best time to cruise the river is after sunset when the city is all aglow and the Eiffel tower sets off its sparkling spectacle. The romance is spoiled somewhat by the rather grating running commentary in…

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Laitan Ancient Town

When we travel we try to seek out unique experiences outside the loop of standard tourist itineraries. A tough ask with our limited schedules, but we have been fortunate enough to have managed a few detours to some places less trodden. On our trip to the Middle Kingdom, one such detour led us to the Chongqing…

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