Turkey … a country with a long history and beautiful scenic views (1)

The following posting will be on my trip to Turkey for a short holiday way back in Dec 2009; a 10 days 7 nights a trip that took me close to 3600km round trip.

Where I headed when I was in Turkey you may ask? Highlighted below in the boxes were the places I went; starting from Istanbul doing an anticlockwise direction and finally back to Istanbul.

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Took off from KLIA and a journey that took 10 hours direct flight to Istanbul’s International Airport; Ataturk Airport

KLIA International Airport.

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.. and inside the airport.

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Arrived in Istanbul in the early morning just before sunrise. Driving along the coastline…

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Sea of Marmara……

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Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox  patriarchal basilica, then later a mosque and now a museum.

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This is the Sultan Ahmed Mosque as also known a Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior, is a historical mosque in Istanbul.

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Following on the next post on journey in Turkey.

Shah Alam, Selangor – A visit to the state capital

It has been a while since I visited Shah Alam. It is the state capital for one of the states in Malaysia; Selangor and it is a planned city.

It was a short drive from where I was and the first place we wanted to drop by was the botanical garden. Yes, a botanical park in the middle of the city. The size of the park is 1290  hectares and there is an adventure park in there; Skytrex which I will be going next week. Will tell you more of this next time.

The entrance free is rm3.00 for adults (child above 12 is considered as an adult) and for children is rm1.00.

As soon as I entered, the first I place look for was to rent a bicycle as it is a huge park and walking the place on foot will not be done in a day for sure (maybe if you running, then it may be possible =) )

IMG_1582[1] This is after the entrance, where you can catch a free shuttle bus; every half hourly to partly around the garden.

IMG_1578[1] Queue up!! This is for the rental of bicycles. Heard that they about 200 bicycles for rent but 1 hr after they opened the place… all the bicycle were already out. Had to wait for half an hour or so before earlier ones who rented came back. Rental is on the hourly basis.

IMG_1579[1] Small bicycle.. rm3 for first hour and rm1 for hour thereafter. Big bicycle…. rm5 for the first hour and rm1 for the hour thereafter. Of course they also had the mountain bikes which go at a rate of rm50 per hour!! I think I will give the mountain bike a miss.

IMG_1580[1] How big? Well it is kinda big with lots small little hills but … it is a nice walk if the day is not that hot.

IMG_1583[1] There are a lot of things to look and stop by but only wished they had up keep some of them but can see that they are making some changes.

IMG_1581[1] Becareful!!! Monkey crossing.

It was a good trip but just a short one. I will be back next week to try the adventure park and maybe will explore further in the park the next time.

In the city of Shah Alam, there is also a very big mosque there and nice (unfortunately I know I am not allowed to go in as I was also not dressed appropriate) but shot from outside.

IMG_1584[1] A view through the gate

IMG_1585[1] A partial shot of the mosque

IMG_1587[1] Another shot of t he entrance.

 

IMG_1586[1] Building outside also has that dome shape like a mosque.

Anyway.. hope you enjoy these photos.

PutraJaya…. a trip to a planned city

Putrajaya? Planned city? Yup it is. It is a city that is planned for the federal administrative center; shifting from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya. I was there a year ago and it is a place where all the new building and structure area as previously… all the administrative was all over Kuala Lumpur but now they centralize it to here.

There are a few man made lakes and bridges to link to a so call man made island. It is a place nice to drop by to have a visit.

Have a look and give your thoughts….

DSC_0241-001 View of the Mosque from the bridge.

DSC_0249-001  View up directly from the bottom of the brdige. Superb view!!

DSC_0258-001Caution!!  Reduce…..s..p..e..e..d!!

 

 

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DSC_0322-001  Sunset @ Putrajaya

DSC_0346-001 Another view of the building @ sunset

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DSC_0364-001 Night shot….