Tuesday, August 30, 2016

ISTANBUL... HERE I COME!!! : PART 6 : BOSPHORUS CRUISE

ISTANBUL... HERE I COME!!! : PART 6 : BOSPHORUS CRUISE

Day 4.

So today will be free and easy Istanbul. First, we are going to cruise Bosphorus strait. Bosphorus strait, the strategic waterway, connecting Marmara Sea to the Black sea. It also divides The Asiatic Istanbul and Europe Istanbul. Bosphorus is a very busy waterway and you can see everyday many ships and oil tankers going through it. Unluckily it was a gloomy day, with a bit of rain. We didn't see that many ships la plak that day.


Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf
Bosphorus is a very busy waterway with many ships and oil tankers going through it, as well as local fishing and ferries go to the Asian side back and forth. Around 48.000 ships pass through this strait annually, three times denser than the Suez Canal traffic and four times denser than the Panama Canal - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf


Kami menaiku cruise from Eminönü jetty. Menarik sungguh kawasan kt sini, alang musim sejuk je, if summer walahhh... how nice lepak sini mengopi.



 Aiii dan lagi ke melombong tu Aleesya nak oi?
 At the background, if I'm not mistaken, was a New Mosque or Yeni Camii in Turkish. Masjid yg dibina pada tahun 1660, yg mana ketika itu ia merupakan masjid terbaru dibina. Nama New Mosque terus melekat pada masjid ini sehinggalah ke hari ini. Turkey has thousands of mosque, kt Constantinople saje 1500 kata tourist guide. Look similar plak with each other, so agak confuse jugak nak beza antara satu sama lain, kecuali Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia sbb mempunyai senibina yg unik. Like the other days, it was cold that morning, nak2 lagi hujan.

I think Ammar masih ngantuk.
On the deck of the ferry dah. Not many people ini hari, so no need to hurry chop2 tempat.

Actually, those were the restaurants, cantik berhias2 shipnya tu. You may have a turkish tea (Turkish chay) kt situ

Anak dara teman.. gatai nak bawak beg last2 maknya yg mengusung grrrr


Dah start the cruise. It was so beautiful at both side of Istanbul... the view must be splendid in summer. Dalam kedinginan  pagi tak pagi jugak tu cruise membelah Selat Bosphorus.It us about 1 1/2 hour for the cruise.


Ada org mabuk laut dahhhh oiiii...

Sejuk2 bebudak ni lapa aje... so no worries, dlm ni ada kedai, boley beli juice, tea and roti. Sedap plak roti bakar ber cheese ni makan panas2 time sejuk2.

 
Kedai dlm ferry. (ke cruise bot?)
Kejap keluar kejap ke dalam. Nampak view cantik je berlari keluo...amik gambo. They said that during summer, kt tebing2 selat tu people will swim and have a picnic. How nice la kan during summer.

Along side the strait you can see many historical buildings, palaces, villas and fortress. They were so beautiful... and a very nice, nice view.

Nampak bukit bukau tu kan...cenggitulah bentuk muka buminya.

Kelihatan Dolmabahce Palace, the palace for the last Ottoman Sultan before he was ousted. Kamal Ataturk pun pernah tinggal sini setelah menggulingkan kesultanan Ottoman. Apa lagi... bergambo sakan.

Arghhhh dah nampak Bosphorus Bridge, opened in 1973, connecting Europe to Asia part of Istanbul.  Recently it was named as "Martyrs of 15th of July", dedicated to the victims of the coup attempt on 15th July 2016.   What a tragic event to democracy! Hampir nak jadi mcm Mesir dah. Sayang la Turkey dah elok and pelan2 buat perubahan setelah lena dari sekular yg panjang, until ada campur tangan gaib dr luar mahupun dari dalam negara sendiri. 
Actually, there are 2 suspension bridges on the Bosphorus, connecting Europe and Asia. The other one is "Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge", opened in 1988. 

here are two suspension bridges on the Bosphorus connecting Europe to Asia - See more at: http://www.greatistanbul.com/bosphorus.html#sthash.a6V3VZ0p.dpuf

Aleesya dah kesejukan dan nak lena sebenarnya..

The bridge..

Rumeli fortress, or Rumeli Hisari. It was build by Sultan Muhammad Al Fatih in 4 months time. Can you see the suspension bridge? That was the second suspension bridge, "Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge".



Rumeli Hisari, a fortress built by Sultan Mehmet II (AlFatih), as one of strategic preparation to conquer Constantinople. Adapun setelah menaiki takhta ketika usianya baru 19 tahun (ada versi 20, 21), AlFatih terus fokus untuk penaklukan Constantinople. Malah ayahanda beliau sendiri telah menyiapkan anakandanya itu dari kecil lagi dengan ilmu pengetahuan dari guru2/ulama2 yg hebat untuk membentuk jatidiri anakandanya sebagai penakluk Constantinople. Salah seorang guru/ulamak AlFatih, Aq Shamsuddin, sering membayangkan kepadanya bahawasanya beliaulah yg di sabdakan oleh Nabi Muhammad sebagai penakluk Constantinople, dalam hadis baginda, "Kota Konstantinopel akan jatuh ke tangan Islam. Pemimpin yang menaklukkannya adalah sebaik-baik pemimpin dan pasukan yang berada di bawah komandonya adalah sebaik-baik pasukan”[H.R. Ahmad bin Hanbal Al-Musnad 4/335]. Lalu sang penakluk tidak berlengah lagi menyiapkan segala strategi penaklukan, termasuklah pembinaan fortress Rumeli ini. (Dinamakan Rumeli kerana ia dibahagian Rom (Constantine).


Fortress ini dibina berhadapan dengan Anadolu Hisari, dibahagian Asia minor, yang telah awalnya dibina oleh ayahandanya yang juga dalam cubaan utk menakluk Constantinople. Ini bagi mengawal selat Bosphorus dan menghalang kemasukan bantuan kepada Constantinople melalui jalan laut. Pembinaan ini telah mengundang rasa marah dari kerajaan Constantinople, dan menempelak AlFatih kerana pembinaannya di bahagian Eropah itu tanpa kebenaran sesiapa. Maka AlFatih pun berkata ini adalah urusanku dan pihak Constantinople tidak berhak campur tangan. Dalam kata lain, tanah itu bukan lah milik sesiapa dan baginda tidak perlu meminta izin dari sesiapa untuk membinanya. Walau pun mengikut hisab dari arkitek bahawa pembinaan itu akan memakan masa hampir setahun, tapi berjaya disudahkan dalam masa 4 bulan atas iltizam dari sang penakluk sendiri. Ini salah satu dari perkara luarbiasa dalam strategi penaklukan AlFatih.





At times, matahari sekali sekala memunculkan dirinya seperti ini.

One of the Camii (masjid) yang ada di sepanjang selat.



Tuan punyer blog.
Anak buah.

My lovely sister.


Aleesya nak nap, nangis kejap, pastu elok balik. Dlm ferry soh tido takmau.

Oklah, selesai part Bosphorus Cruise. Jumpa lagi, kita ke Dolmabahce palace plak lepas ni.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ISTANBUL! HERE I COME.... PART 5 : ULUDAG

ISTANBUL! HERE I COME.... PART 5 : ULUDAG

Kan dah ter stuckkk... dah mai angin bz tokleh wat apa lahhhh..
Since this will be a sweet memory for us, esp. my kids for their future reading, can laaa gagahkan diri jugakkk...

From Bursa city, we went to Uludag to get a ride on Teleferik (cable car). Ulu Dag is famous for it's ski resort and national park. So katanya nak tengok salji kt atas tu. Oh apakehhh... it was a rainy day, so literally Bursa was even colder than Constantinople, err... bak kata sorang scholar, he always refers Istanbul to Constantine as it was originally stated by the prophet. He refused to use Istanbul, as it was given by Ataturk.

So here we are.. at the cable car station. A bunch of excited people, maybe sleepy head too sbb baru lepas had a heavy late lunch. Akak tak la expect nak main ski pun, as I was concentrate more on the heights those teleferik would take us up. Maklum le kt Langkawi pun rasa tobat lahom nak naik dah kan.. but I guess sometimes it is a  thrill to layan the adrenalin rush...


 Yeah Mr Murad, at his best taken care of us. Tiket sume dia uruskan.

 Here we are... muka maintain jelitew walau lutut rasa longgar dah.

From the greeneries at the base you can slowly see a snowy little forest down below as the teferik went to the higher point. Aleesya sempat nyanyi lagu Frozen. Pastu ada yg tak tahan start dahhh pening kepala.. pastu muntoh... sib baik makcik2 mcm hakak ni mesti bawak plastik gelenyar pnyer so selamat cable car tu dr anasir2 like cheese masam hahaha... at times, cable car to ter stop sebab angin kuat. mmg mengucap panjang masing2.

 Ok dah sampai kt station atas. Tu budak muka moyok tu one of those yg termuntah,.. mula2 menyanyi dlm cable car.. pastu tgk pak sedara dah start muntohhh.. dia pun huuuu.

Antara kedai2 yg ada kt dalam. Budak2 ni pun sebuk la nak hot chocolate ngan sweets sbb low sugar level dah kot sejuk2 tu

 Aleesya and maklong and maklang. Oiii awat maklong dah macam mak chun??

 Pastu nampak lah kt luar dia dahhh... amboi kemain.

 The wind with snow menampo2 muka ai tak tahannnnnn... beku teruih rasa.

Actually we were lucky, sbb the snow came down! (but with some heavy win brrrrr). Sbb normally at these season, katanya hanya nampak snow kt tanah je lah. So kami kejap2 keluo bermain2 and then dah tak tahan sejuk lari2 balik ke dalam. Tangan nak snap pix bapak frozen dah..


 My autistic son, has just turned 15.

 Yippie...
 Amboiiii perghak now.



 Well, actually time ni Mesia panas sgt fenomena El nino so post gambo dengki kt org kg kt FB.





 We enjoyed ourselves so much!

 Budak ni... asyik scoop salji.


Ok, a pose fits for profile pix!






 Ok, main baling2 snow plak. Bukan selalu ada peluang kan. Kt icity ngan genting je lah klu nak lpas gian ye dop.


 On slippery stairs.

 5 siblings.

 All in one.

 Sampai ground dah dekat maghrib. Aleesya sempat pau cotton candy.

 Dah sampai apartment.. lapor! So mari masak...lauk telor dadar ngan kari ayam daging dlm tin.

Hah...berhasil juga men laundry guna mesin yg tak paham sepatah pun instructionnya tu.

Ok lah, till then babai.

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