Invincible Istanbul

Hagia Sopfia
Topki
Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace was very interesting. I liked the Harem and the weapons/armor room. My favorite armor was the horse armor. My favorite weapon was one of those awesome 15th century guns. The Harem was interesting, too. The kings’ wives had to stay in a certain area and were guarded by eunuchs. Below them were the Sultans that had previously reigned (if there were any). It was also interesting that they gathered young girls and educated them. I had fun guessing how old they were when they were taken to the palace. 5? 6? 10? 8? 9? They had to be fairly young to be educated. When they grew up, the prettiest and smartest girls became the Sultan’s wives. The others were married off to some noble. I liked Topkapi Palace.

The next day we saw the Hagia Sophia. It was very interesting how it all blended in so well… I mean, the Mihrab facing Mecca and Mosaics of Jesus.  The Arabic script and the thick columns. The awesomeness… and the boredom.

We also saw the Blue Mosque. It was quick, but it was beautiful and interesting.

Grand Bizar
The Grand Bazzaar

My favorite sight was the Grand Bazaar. I liked the  alleyways… they were relaxing to me. So relaxing that I forgot about everything.

Mindcraft
Playing Mindcraft with Kaan

Most of what I did was play video games with my friend Kaan. We played a lot of Minecraft. Unfortunately, we were not able to play together, but we both still got lucky. Kaan spawned in a Mooshroom Biome. That is the rarest thing that ever happens in Minecraft. The chances are about 1/999 trillion of the time. I spawned in a swamp/plain/forest village. Kaan built his house with a Mushroom tree as the floor. I took a moved into a house in the village. We both added the Nether to our worlds. We did eventually join games, but not for long. We had a great time.

 

Coming Home Again

My Granny with me and my cousins
My Granny with me and my cousins

Hey readers! Last time you saw me I was in Ephesus, Turkey. But one day we got very sad news that my granny died. We had to go back to Houston as soon as possible.

Her celebration of life was so fun. All of my cousins were there. Before and after that day I went to my cousins’ house to play some video games. I played Monster Legends and Minecraft. At the celebration of life, we all shared memories for the first bit, but it was mainly a party.

Touching History

Library View

Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a family who had plans to travel the world. The boy had a blog, and his name was James, also known as Round the World Kid. One day they went to Ephesus, Turkey. The family knew that Ephesus was an ancient city, one of the biggest of its time, and that it had originally been a major port city, but as deposition of sediment from the Meander River increased, Ephesus became further and further from the shore. The trade went down. Ephesus was no longer a port city. Today it is at least eight miles from the coast.

Ephesus Panorama
Ephesus Panorama

The family walked on the same streets that Saint John, Saint Paul, and Saint Mary did about 2,000 years ago. The family saw the famous library and the giant theater in Ephesus. The family also knew that the library was built before Christ and it had three floors.They also knew that it used to be a university and it had been destroyed by an earthquake in the 3rd century A.D. The family saw that it was not a complete library. James though that it obviously still is important today and that it was white. James saw that only the facade was left and that it had all kinds of carvings in it. The family saw that the theater was very big. James compared its size to a building. The family saw that it was made of white marble. James said it made him feel small and insignificant.

James later said, “I enjoyed Ephesus. We didn’t have enough time to go to Saint Mary’s house, but it was still amazing”.

All good things have to end, though. As the family left Ephesus, they found four kittens and two puppies. James thought they were adorable.

Playing with Pirates

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Do you like cruises? I do. Do you think the castles and museums are interesting? I do. Do you have taste buds? I do. If you said, “I do,” to every question, then you will like Bodrum, which is on the Aegean coast of Turkey.

IMG_3497One day we wanted to find a place to eat out. We came to a local place and got two plates of food. We don’t know what we ate, but it was so good. It was delicious. I would definitely go back there. Of course that is what we did. We went back two more times.

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Walking the castle wall

The next day we woke up early to go to the Crusader castle, which had been converted into a museum. There was a good mix of both Crusader castle and underwater archeology museum there. I didn’t get bored of either. One time we stumbled into a church which had a model of an ancient sunken ship! I recommend that to you, if you ever go to Bodrum. It was fun and interesting.

Walking the plank
Walking the Plank

Another thing I recommend is the Black Pearl day cruise. About 1/2 of the ship was a sun bath, if you like that. Most of the trip was swimming. We went to one place called the aquarium, which is not actually an aquarium. It’s part of the ocean. It had lots of fish and the water was so clear that you didn’t even need to snorkel.You could throw them bread and watch them jump up from the surface.

Bodrum is very awesome. You never get bored in their underwater archeology museum. They have some pretty cool cruises. The best thing, though, is the food. Turkish food is so good!