Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hagia Sophia

After we visited the >>Sultan Ahmed Mosque<<, we walked to see the Hague Sophia. Unfortunately, by that time I was very tired, some of you might know that I don't feel well at the moment, and we didn't enter this amazing building. Instead, I took some pictures on the outside and we walked straight over to the >>Gülhane Park<< and bought some drinks on the way to refresh ourselves. I didn't expect it to be so warm in Istanbul. 

Known as the Haghia Sofia in Greek, Sophia in Latin and the Church of the Divine Wisdom in English is the Hagia Sophia Istanbul's most famous monument. It was built to restore the greatness of the Roman Empire in 537 and was the greatest church in Christendom until the Conquest in 1453. It remained the largest church ever built until the St. Peter's Basilica was constructed in Rome a thousand years later.

I am a bit sad, that I didn't visit the Hague Sophia from the inside. I will however return to Istanbul next year and stay on the European continent to have more time to explore the things I couldn't see this time. 

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Personal Tuesday

Being hit by depression while you are on holiday, something you should enjoy and have looked forward to ever since planning, is the most horrible thing in the world. Last week I was in Istanbul for a week and I had to try really hard not to burst out in tears on several occasions. I was so enthusiastic to go and discover the Paris of the East, but feeling miserable myself, they seemed miserable too. Other tourists were amazed by the fantastic architecture, the long history and the culture of the Turks, but I got annoyed by the lack of cleanliness and the different view on sanitary hygiene.

I am not going through the best time of my emotional life and I find my day to day life hard to manage. Activities that I used to enjoy, I rather avoid and if I could I would stay in bed all day long, eat lots of rubbish and hide behind the television.

I used to love going down to Brighton a few weekends every month and spend time with my friends, but I actually haven’t been there since Germany took down the World Cup. I am dreading to go anywhere at the moment, I do if I have to but if I can avoid it, I will. Looking after two little ones, seeing their joy and laughter keeps me going and I am trying to cope.

I lost my best friend and while it had to happen for several reasons that I wrote about before and don’t want to discuss again, it is not easy. All the things that I would like to tell her about, I can’t. There is not really somebody I could talk to at the moment and it kills me from the inside. I want to tell people how I really feel and it is impossible, they would think I am crazy. Not many people in my life realise how difficult it is to live with depression. It is an illness after all, a very serious one. Only a few really understand how I feel and I am actually daring to say, that unless you suffer from depression yourself, you can’t never really understand what I am going through at the moment.

In March I stopped to take my antidepressants, my exams were over and I really wanted to try living without my daily dose of Fluoxetine. I felt fine between January and March, it was the perfect time for me to stop. It was wrong though, as much as I would like to live without antidepressants I can't. The first month I was okay, but it just got worse and worse from month to month and now it is September and I feel horrible again.

I am trying to talk to my GP and discuss my options. I might have to start taking antidepressants again, but the thought of it makes me even sadder. I feel like I have failed again.
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As you might know, children will go through a lot of clothes in their lifetime, especially in their first few years. It is in every parent's interest to have the best quality clothing for their precious little ones without breaking the bank. I recently found out about Cheeky Chap's Children's Clothing and was offered to review some items of their clothing range. Cheeky Chap's Children's Clothing is for all the little ones who like to make a fashion statement. With a great variety of different items and prints you can design your own children's clothes at great prices. I was overwhelmed at the choice I had and it took me a while until I made my decision. I ordered the >>Pinstriper Star Romper<<, the >>Pinstripe Star Vest<<and the >>I'm the little Brother bib<<. You can not beat their prices: The bib costs £3, the vest £5 and the romper is yours for £9.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Sultan Ahmed Mosque Istanbul

On Tuesday we took the >>ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü<< to visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque. To visit the Blue Mosque was on top of the things to do in Istanbul and I couldn't wait to finally get there. From Eminönü we took the tram to Sultanahmet. It is only three stops and we could have walked, but the streets were so crowded and it would have taken us forever to walk. Time was limited and we really wanted to make the most of it.

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is commonly known as the Blue Mosque and it is considered one of the greatest masterpieces in the world. The Mosque was built from 1609 to 1616 in an effort of pleasing Allah after a series of Turkish military defeats. It is known as the Blue Mosque due to the blue tiles on the interior walls.

Women have to wear long clothes, I wore a black long blouse and black jeans as well as a black head scarf to cover my hair. Everybody has to take his shoes off and put them in a plastic bag. To my surprise, it wasn't busy inside the mosque and I could take some pictures. Unfortunately, we didn't have much time and I could only spend a few minutes inside.

Taking the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü

To visit the Blue Mosque or the European continent in general, we had to take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü. Kadıköy is on the Asian continent, while the Mosque is located on the European continent. The ferry takes about twenty minutes, just enough time to take the most beautiful pictures of Istanbul's riverside. To take the ferry from Kadıköy to Eminönü is one of the fastest, cheapest and the loveliest ways to experience the two sides of Istanbul. The ferries leave frequently from the dock at Eminönü, just opposite the Spice Bazaar. On the ferry, you have a perfect view of the Sultanahmet skyline. You can see the Blue Mosque, the Hagi Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and also the Dolmabahce Palace.

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