Sunday, December 16, 2012


 Taksim Square, in the 1800's, Taksim square was the center point where water was distributed, it is a point of interest today.
Istiklal street is about a half and hour walk from one end to the other. There has been as many as 3 million people walk through the street on a weekend.

Love this light shop at the Grand Bazar!!!

The Grand Bazar is a must do! There are over 4000 shops and everyone has a great deal and is your best friend! The Spice bazar is next the the grand bazar and it is fun too!
 Istanbul is on two continents, on the left is the European continent, on the right is the Asian continent
                                         Love the wild cats and dogs in Turkey and Bulgaria. Below- the Romans bath in style!!!
  I know it is hard to believe, but you pay for this! 

                                       The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, because of its          interior blue ottoman tile works. Built in 1609-1616.  

Hagia Sophia is a great an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia 532 AD

The Topkapi Palace was the Residence of the Sultan for 400 years. Construction was started in 1459. In side the walls of the courtyards were bakeries, hospital, shops etc. The area enclosed by the palace walls could hold 4000 people. Today jewels, armor, swords, the Harem courtyard are on display.  

 Entry way to castle. Below- Building using for meeting of a political nature and gatherings.

 Courtyard of the Harem was a city inside the palace walls, the women on the harem were not allow to leave the confines of their area. There were over a 100 women at a time inside the Harem walls all competing for the Sultan. They were well educated with both studies and music.

The tile work throughout the Palace grounds is amazing! 

Obelisk was erected in the 16th  century BC by Pharaoh Thutmosis lll in honor of the God of Sun Amon RA in the city of Teb, Egypt, in front of the temple of Luxor. It was brought to Constantinople by emperor Theodosius l in 390 AC for the  decoration of the ancient Hippodrome

Serpentine Column, another gift to decorate the Hippodrome. It originally stood at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi Greece, erected in 479 BC with victory over Persia. The column was formed by three intertwined snakes. It was brought to Constantinople in the 4th AD by Constantine l, originally 8 meter, today only 5.30

The ancient Hippodrome, today called Sultanahmet Square was built by Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 AD. It served as a meeting place for politicians, for chariot races, wrestling, boxing and other athletic activities that took place. We walked on the very road that the chariot were on, well almost. The column the crew is standing by is the column the chariots raced around.
P- day was great with the Bauer's and the Segeberg's

What a great city!!!!!


So much for small towns and miles of trails to ride.  I would like to say that I really, really miss my horses, but, we have been so busy that I wouldn't have had time to ride, even if I would have wanted to, let alone take care of them properly.  I know they are being so well taken care of and are happy and loving life. Thank you Clayton's and Miner's for your generosity!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Small Village

Went out to a село (village) with the Sisters for a lesson. We took the train, it was a 15 minute ride, (how cool is that) it dropped us off pretty much in the middle of nowhere. There was a nice stepping stone path on the tracks to get to the other side. 
I accidentally deleted the little path that lead from the train tracks to the village, it was awesome.  The path was made of concrete chunks in a row, in between bushes, the path was narrow and up hill.  It lead to this street where we would meet for the lesson. 
Coming back to the city as we waited for the train, we were entertained by the sheep and goats pasting by with there shepherds. 
And here is our train. I love this place!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Plovdiv, old town

пловдив, (Plovdiv) is the second-largest city in Bulgaria after the capital of Sofia.  Being older than most of the oldest towns like Rome, Athens, Carthage or Constantinople, an almost contemporary of Troy, Plovdiv is a town built upon layers of towns and cultures developed upon layers of cultures.

Liusi, my Bulgarian fiend and I had a couple of hours to tour while our husbands were in meeting. It was wonderful to see the past.


 Old town Plovdiv, largely restored to it's mid-19th century appearance with it's winding cobblestone streets and arched  gateways is tranquil.



The most impressive being the Roman amphitheaters- the best preserved in the Balkan and still in use today.

Entrance to theater.                        

According to a builders inscription, the construction of the theatre dates back to he time of Emperor Trajan (98-117 AD)

The theater was damaged in the 5th century by Attila the Hun.

Due to a landslide the theater was found in the early 1970's

The theater was built with about 7,000 seats, each section of seating had the names of the city quarters engraved on the benches so the citizens at the time know where they were to sit.

The theater is still in use today,  there are plays and dance festivals during the summer months

Night views of the theater entrance  and amphitheater.