On 29 May 1453, the Ottoman Empire captured the eastern capital of the Roman Empire, Constantinople. On 18 May 1565, the Ottoman Empire advanced on the tiny island of Malta but failed to capture it. The two battles are linked in a not-so-obvious way. In 1453, the Ottoman Empire was based … Continue reading
Like any self-respecting city, Istanbul is not short of towering city blocks providing incredible views. One of the oldest towers is the Galata Tower which overlooks the Bosphorus straits.
I looked up from my newspaper in down-town Şişli. I shrugged into my jacket to keep the worst of the cold wind at bay. A bus had just stopped in front of me, avoiding a grumpy looking man on a motorbike, so I boarded. I found an empty uncomfortable seat and settled … Continue reading