28
Dec2013
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Underneath Istanbul are hundreds of cisterns – ancient Byzantine water stores. The largest one in the city has been drained so visitors can wander through an underground forest of columns. It’s a stunning sight to see. This cistern was built in the 6th century in the Byzantine era. This cathedral-size cistern is an underground chamber approximately 138 metres by 64 metres – impressive!  The ceiling is supported by a forest of 336 marble columns, each 9 metres high, arranged in 12 rows of 28 […]

24
Dec2013
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Before we get onto our next Istanbul adventure – MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone. I hope you’re all having a wonderful time with friends and family. Rob and I are hosting a group of friends who are away from home for Christmas at our house in Cambridge. Should be a good day! But enough of that – back to Istanbul when we visited back in September. Directly opposite the Blue Mosque was the even larger Aya Sofya – a building that used […]

28
Jun2012
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My family and I visited Venice in 2005 on a holiday and it was our favourite city of the trip. It was as beautiful as I remember, and I was thrilled to show it to Rob.  I was enamoured  by a city with no roads. Apparently, the city is built on millions of pinewood piles driven deep into the compressed clay-mud base which, over time, petrified in the absence of oxygen. Then, a series of horizontal planks and marble like […]