October 2014

Cemeteries, Part 3 of 3 - Happy Halloween!

Chuck & Lori's Travel Blog - Istanbul Cemetery
Chuck Fri, 2014-10-31 07:30
Istanbul, Turkey "This is what I expected, but not so soon." William Reese, somewhere in New England. Died 1872 Holyhead Island, Ireland Istanbul, Turkey "That's All Folks!" Mel Blanc, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California. Died 1989 Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Happy Halloween from Chuck & Lori in England

Cemeteries, Part 2 of 3

Chuck & Lori's Travel Blog - Eastham Village Cemetery
Chuck Thu, 2014-10-30 07:30
Eastham Village, England "Here lies an honest lawyer, and that is Strange." Sir John Strange, Politician & Barrister, Rolls Chapel, Kings College, London, UK. Died 1754 Eastham Village, England Eastham Village, England "Sacred to the memory of my husband John Barnes who died January 3, 1803. His comely young widow, aged 23, has many qualifications of a good wife and yearns to be comforted." John Barnes, somewhere in Vermont. Died 1803 (She should have included her address) Dublin, Ireland Holyhead Island, Ireland

Cemeteries, Part 1 of 3

Chuck & Lori's Travel Blog - Eastham Village Cemetery
Chuck Wed, 2014-10-29 07:30
Eastham Village, England Halloween is just around the corner, so we thought it would be fun to give you a few blogs featuring some of the cemeteries we've seen this year. They may or may not be creepy or scary, but they're always interesting. And wonderfully peaceful. "Here too lies" a few tongue-in-cheek epitaphs (not from our travels) likely to make you smile. Glasgow, Scotland "Here lies Lester Moore. Four slugs from a 44, no Les, no more." Lester Moore, Boot Hill Cemetery, Tombstone, Arizona. Died 1880 Glasgow, Scotland Eastham Village, England "There goes the neighborhood." Rodney...

A Sunday Drive in the Cotswolds

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Our Driving Route in the Cotswolds
Chuck Tue, 2014-10-28 07:30
Our Driving Route Tour of the Cotswolds For postcard-perfect touring and hundreds of pictures of quintessentially English thatched-roof houses, fields of sheep partitioned by low stone walls, tiny country roads canopied by Ash and Beech and Chestnut trees (the "ABC's" of English trees), all dotted here and there with beautiful and quaint farming villages, the Cotswolds (an hour and a half west of London) are the place to go. With some careful planning this travel couple came up with an awesome driving route we wanted to share with you. We did it in a "leisure" Sunday, meaning we slept in, had...

In the Birthplace of the Bard

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - William Shakespeare
Chuck Mon, 2014-10-27 07:30
From The House Shakespeare Might Have Been Born In Shakespeare wrote in the dozen or so years before 1600 and the dozen or so years after. He was not only prolific (38 plays, 154 sonnets, plus more--some of which he collaborated on and some of which might be incorrectly attributed to him) but also inventive. No other writer contributed more to changes and the evolution of English than Shakespeare; here are just a few of the noteworthy phrases he coined: All that glitters is not gold Alls well that ends well Be-all and end-all Brave new world Break the ice Brevity is the soul of wit (my...

We're Back in the UK!

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - British Flag in a Pub
Chuck Sun, 2014-10-26 07:30
Friday, 17 October, 2014 . We flew on Turkish Air. We paid an extra $10 per ticket to fly with them because they brag about being selected "Best Airline in Europe" the last few years. We landed at London Gatwick 30 minutes late. Otherwise, it was a good flight, but our vote for Best Airline in Europe still goes to TAP Portugal Airlines. I mean, TAP serves free wine, c'mon. Our travel plan has us staying put in England until the day we board the Queen Mary 2 for our crossing (note it's a "crossing", not a "cruise"). Returning to London from Istanbul, we would proceed straight to Gloucester,...

Final Thoughts on Turkey

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Turkish Flag Flying at Bodrum Castle
Chuck Sat, 2014-10-25 07:30
One of the "bonus" museums we got with our Istanbul museum card was the Museum of the History of Science and Technology in Islam. It gets this travel blog's award for "Longest Named" museum of our 2014 travel adventure. Although we learned some interesting things, it has few actual artifacts (it's filled instead with replicas and models), and it works too hard to make sure you understand the contribution of Islamic scholars and scientists to mankind's body of knowledge. Those Islamic contributions are undeniable. Driven by the need to know precise times for prayer and the direction of Mecca,...

Istanbul's Archaeology and Mosaic Museums

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Assyrian Reliefs
Chuck Fri, 2014-10-24 07:30
Assyrian Reliefs: It's Not a Purse, It's Assyrian! This empty nest travel blog couple bought a 3-day Istanbul museum card in part because it gave us access to a couple of the lesser-known, lesser-visited museums in the city. Two of those museums deserve special note: the Archaeology Museum and the Mosaic Museum. We are archaeology nuts. When we were kids, we both fancied being archaeologists, even before there was an Indiana Jones. So if there's an archaeology museum around, count us in. Istanbul--previously Constantinople and pre-previously Byzantium--is right up there with Rome for...

Hagia Sophia: Church, Mosque, Museum

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Chuck Thu, 2014-10-23 07:30
Hagia Sophia It appears regularly in movies, usually east-meets-west spy thrillers or Dan Brown-esque conspiracies where a certain Christian-Muslim-secular mystery and intrigue is required. The Hagia Sophia is Istanbul's tourist zone bookend to counter the Blue Mosque. As such, it's as equally thronged as the Blue Mosque and the nearby Topkapi Palace. It owes its frequent cinematic backdrop to its intriguing history, which also makes it worth braving the crowds to visit. Hagia Sophia, sometimes also written Sofia and meaning "Church of Holy Wisdom", was built by the Emperor Justinian in the...

Three Mosques of Istanbul

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Istanbul's Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Chuck Tue, 2014-10-21 07:30
The Nuruosmaniye Mosque Once we got to Istanbul, it took us a few days to go into a mosque. It wasn't for lack of opportunity: it seems there are as many mosques in Istanbul as there are churches in Rome. We had never set foot in a mosque before, and the abundance of respect we seem to have for sacred spaces (which we blogged about yesterday ) worked against us. We ruled out Fridays because it's the Muslim day of prayer, and our first Thursday in the city we bought 3-day museum passes that had to be used before they expired, so it was Monday before this empty nest travel blog couple visited...

Topkapi Palace and Dealing with Crowds

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Topkapi Palace, Istanbul
Chuck Mon, 2014-10-20 07:30
The Topkapi Palace is a sprawling complex that was the royal residence of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years from the mid 1400's to the mid 1800's. Here you will see the opulent, tile-covered residence of the Sultans, the chambers of the harem, fascinating holy relics of Islam, beautiful gardens, and meticulously manicured grounds - that is if you can see any of it through the bajillions of tourists swarming the place. I know, I know, we too are tourists, so I don't have much room to complain. And I wouldn't, except that it just seems as though so many of all those other tourists...

Hagia Irene and the Second Ecumenical Council

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Hagia Irene, Istanbul
Chuck Sun, 2014-10-19 07:30
Sometimes you visit a place for its beauty, sometimes for its fun, and sometimes for its convenience. And sometimes you visit a place for its history. When you visit Istanbul, one of the top attractions on your must-see list is the Hagia-Sofia (pronounced HI-ya so-FEE-yuh). We will, of course, blog about this top attraction in due course. Today we're talking about the lesser-known Hagia-Irene. Like Hagia-Sofia, Hagia-Irene is an ancient Christian church. You'll find it just inside the outer gates of the Topkapi (Sultan's) palace. It is older than the Hagia-Sofia and was commissioned and...