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This Blog is moving to a self host blog..

Well the time has come to say good bye to my blogspot travel blog

I have been a blogger with a personal blog Fun Lilliy for near two years now and had enjoyed being hosted by blogspot. Blogger has a great layout that is easy to use and adding HTML and sidebar widgets was straightforward and easy. My personal blog was really mostly just a way to express my random thoughts and observation regarding entrainment, news, women issues, and my travels. Slowly I noticed that I was more interested into travel blogging as I love to share my photos and videos like I myself enjoy reading other travelers blogs and websites. I wanted to contribute my two cents in it and as an experiment I started this travel oriented blog. I enjoyed it immensely and more so I enjoyed learning from other travel blogs.

I noticed that most of the blogs I am reading were self hosted and have better features that you can really customize. I read several advices from other blogs about blogging that if you want to be taken a bet of a more serious travel blogger you need to self host. Now still to say I am still learning and a bet of an HTML handy capped but I found a web host, publishing platform and free theme that has good support and layout that I really enjoy making it my own.

This will be my last post here on this blog and starting with my next post it will be on Travel Sights with Lilliy. I hope to see you there as this is the end of this blog and the beginning of a new page in my travel blogging on my new self hosted site.

The Lovely Blog Award and paying it forward to 15 others..

I was delighted to find that I had received The Lovely Blog Award from one of my top favorite travel blogs Canada’s Adventure Couple. I only recently joined the travel blog community who are so helpful and supportive. I am enjoying travel blogging greatly. To have received this award is a very encouraging push to try to learn more on how to contribute more interesting topics for other travel bloggers to read.

Over the past Month and so I myself have enjoyed reading and learning from many amazing travel blogs some of my favorites I have already posted on my side bar and in my favorite links to name a few who already have a great acknowledgment for their great presence in the travel blog community like Nomadic Matt, Wild Junket, Everything Everywhere and Otts World. There are so many more blogs that I am discovering every day and learning from too.

The rules of accepting this delightful award and how to pay it forward if you have received one:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog, together with the name of the person who has granted the award and link back.
2) Then pass the award to 15 other blogs that you enjoy.
3) Remember to contact the blogger to let them know about the award.

I am going to take you on the journeys I take everyday with these blogs I forward the Lovely Blog Award that take me around the world through my notebook screen, in my PJ's and show you my way of traveling through the continents in the comfort of my home with the many tales to read :

-Have you seen London with the eyes of a Singaporean in London then join him as you will see it with a whole new view.

-Another long time favorite of mine from England, even before I started my travel blog is the travel blogger and photographer Graham who has great monthly photo contests that is fun to join on his One Man's Travel Blog.

- Thinking of Paris then join Tanya as she always dreams of Parisian Spring.

-These Two Guys Around The World are now in Munich, Germany they have addictive HD video webisodes .. you feel like you are watching reality travel TV.. watch it when it starts in the USA through Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I sat a whole day watching their videos from start to end couldn't stop till I saw all.. enjoy the swing dancing of Sam and the nature loving William adventures..

- Enjoy the sweets, photos and picnics of My Kugelhopf with the many tales from Switzerland and beyond.. find out what Kugelhopf means..

-Where is Mozart? if you want to find out what has she been up to lately and where is she playing her masterpieces with her small violin then join her and her nomadic family as they travel around Europe and the world as soultravelers 3

-Go to one of my favorite cities in the world in Istanbul Trails who offers many tips on visiting the city, what to do, and what to enjoy..

-When I think of Anil and his foXnomad blog I always think of the Funky travel blogger who has all kinds of varied travel posts that is always refreshing with a new outlook.

- Hear the roaring of the Lions, laughter of the kids, and safari days and nights in beautiful Africa through the enchanting tales and photos of the travels of Lives of Wonder.

-Come to The Middle East and see how this Girl Solo in Arabia ventures reveling the magic and mystery of the dessert.

-Have you ever been to India ? then join The Indian backpacker with an insiders guide.

-A Canadian Globetrotter living in Taiwan made it possible to combine travel chic with a backpack see how she says it all on her "My Several Worlds" blog.

-Meet the Hoffmeister family from Texas who exchanged everything for 4 suitcases to travel the world. Join them now in Asia and watch what they see through their wonderful sometimes candid photos.

-Going down under to Australia now as this couple ended up there in A Travel Around the World.

-Turning Full Circle back to San Francisco read Travel Betty's travel stories roughing it with spa treatments.. ha.. you have to read for your self to understand...

This is just a small number of some wonderful travel blogs out there.. I hope you enjoy them like I do.

Write to you later..

Fountain (Şadirvan) for ritual ablutions

Quote from wikipedia:

"Sultan Mahmud I ordered the restoration of the building in 1739 and added a
medrese (a Koranic school, now the library of the museum), a soup kitchen (for
distribution to the poor) and a library, and in 1740 a fountain for ritual
ablutions (Şadirvan), thus transforming it into a külliye, i.e. a social
complex. At the same time a new sultan's gallery and a new mihrab were built

Travel Photo: Stone remains of the basilica "The Lamb of God"

Continuing with my Aya sofia photo series.
Quote from Wikipedia:

"Several marble blocks from this second church have survived to the present day,
and they are displayed in the garden of the current (third) church. The blocks
were originally part of a monumental front entrance; they were excavated in the
western courtyard by A.M. Schneider in 1935. The relief depicting 12 lambs — 12
apostles as well as other remains of this church were discovered during
excavation works in 1935. In order not to harm the present Hagia Sophia
building, further excavation works were not carried out."

Turkish Phrase of The day:
Burasi cok guzel bir sehir / boorase choke goozel beer sheheer =This is a great city.

Second day in the trip.. broke my foot..

Talk about bad luck! I tripped on a rug in the hotel while carrying my bag and I fell broke my foot. But I have to say this Thank God for World Nomads insurance coverage that I taken as travel insurance. I was taken to the best hospital in Istanbul and all I had to do was make one phone call to the emergency number that was provided for me in my policy and right away they were making phone calls and sending faxes to send my guarantee of payment to the hospital I was at and calling me to make sure to tell me that they contacted the company here in Istanbul. After that I was seen by 2 doctors the emergency doctor and the orthopedics, x-rayed, bandaged and on my way. All I had to do was sign and give them a copy of my policy and I was done. I am glad I choose World Nomads and they choose a good company to cover me "Bupa" in Netherlands the whole process went very smoothly except for my pain of my broken foot. But I felt safe with the care I got from them. I am never going to choose any other company from now on.

I am on the road.. first stop.. ISTANBUL!

Hotel Sebnem, originally uploaded by Fun Lilliy.

I started my 3 week trip and I am here in Istanbul. I will be mostly posting some of my photos through my Twitpic account of the ones I will be taking through out the day on my trip with microblogging posts on my Twitter account. I am also uploading my photos at the end of the day when I can and when the hotel offers free Internet on my flickr account. Its going to be quite busy till I can finally settle down and be able to write a more detailed post regarding my trip on my self hosted site (which I will announce here). So twits and twitpic for now.

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About this blog

I have a passion for traveling and wanting to see the world.. I can spend hours on the web planning my dream vacation and looking up places that I want to go and experience their culture .. When I am actually planning a trip for leisure or for work that’s when the excitement begins and I become alive.. I have a long list of the places I want to see in my lifetime.. and I am hoping that I can fulfill that dream in my life journey.

Bare with me..

I am trying to learn Turkish one day at a time one phrase at a time..
Every day I will post a new phrase at the end of my post. Lets see how much I will learn.