Saturday, 16 August 2014

Views of the Bosphorus

Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Ortakoy Mosque

Maiden Tower

Blue Mosque

During our trip to Istanbul we took a boat trip along part of the Bosphorus. It is one of the best ways to see Istanbul and how large of a city it is. We passed a number of very posh hotels well out of our league, but still great to look at, we also saw many palaces, mosques, gardens and villas.

The Bosphorus strait is 32km long and connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black sea, there were some boats that went right to the Black sea and I was secretly hoping ours would but it did not. It is an extremely busy waterway, with many ships from passenger boats to oil tankers. It also separates the two continents Europe and Asia.

There are two bridges over the straits one is the Bosphorus Bridge and the other the Mehmet the Conqueror Bridge. Our boat trip took 90mins but there are longer or shorters ones, or you can take the ferries to the Asian side which would be much cheaper.

No matter what boat trip you make, it is worth well the effort!!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Street Parade 2014

Saturday 2nd August was Street Parade! It was lots of fun! Here are some of the photos, it was fun stopping people and asking to take their photo. This is the result!!


Saturday, 9 August 2014

A Day in Bath

Roman Baths

Bath Abbey

The Circus

The Royal Crecsent

River Avon

Pulteney Bridge

During our week long stay in England, we had a day in Bath. Bath is a very beautiful city and we all enjoyed our day here. The first place we visited was the Roman Baths which is a World Heritage Site since 1987. Once you are inside the complex you see The Great Bath which is quite amazing, surrounded by lots of Roman statues. Inside there is the museum with many of the finds from the Baths. You are also given an audio guide which gives more information and there is also one for children which helped Alessio to enjoy the Baths much more than just walking around.

The other part of Bath that we wanted to see was to do with Jane Austen, there is a centre but we did not visit it. The Royal Crescent is a magnificent row of 30 terraced houses designed by the architect John Wood. It is a fine example of Georgian architecture and in front of is Victoria Park, when we were there is was packed with people relaxing. Some scenes from the TV film Persuasion by Jane Austen was filmed here and also the film The Duchess.

Finally we walked down to the river Avon, over the Pulteney bridge and along the banks also very busy as it was such a lovely day. We were on a mission to find a playground for Alessio which we managed in the end much to Alessio`s happiness.

Friday, 1 August 2014

English Pub Signs!

I cannot believe it is already August, this year has gone so fast for me! I have been terribly lazy towards my blog, I only put up 3 posts in July. Well hopefully in August there will be some more for you all to read.

The week we spent in England was a really nice one, we saw lots of new places and there was a heatwave as well. We went all over the place Oxford and Bath, to smaller places too, a castle and a lovely kids farm which Alessio really enjoyed.

There are lots of pubs of course and they all had really lovely signs, of course we wanted to sample their wares as well. The first 3 photos are from Bath, the first pub The Raven looked really nice and we wanted to eat but sadly they did not allow kids under 14yrs. Well we thought that was a load of old cobblers but not much we could do about that.

The next 3 are from Gloucester, the next 2 from Tewesbury, then the next 2 from Oxford. The next 2 are (hopefully) from Chipping Camden, the next one cannot remember the town. Finally in the last one we had our lunch there in a small delightful village called Lower Slaughter. It was really picturesque afterwards we took a small walk.

I like the Saracens Head Tavern sign, which one do you all like? Let me know!