Istanbul (not Constantinople)

More than 50 years ago “Istanbul (not Constantinople)” was the very popular song in the Soviet Union. At that time only élite at the top could get permission to travel and to see Turkey or any other country.

After we became Americans we visited more than 50 countries including Turkey.

Istanbul is a wonderful city! It has so much to offer that you need to stay there long time just to get a proper feeling of it. Unfortunately, we had only one week for travel in the country.

However, it is impossible to forget the word Istanbul in America. You can see It all over the country.

ISTANBUL ON HOLLYWOOD BROADWALK

ON HOLLYWOOD BROADWALK

 

 

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Lady on the bicycle.

I looked at my stats and found that old post “Lady on the bicycle” was the most popular post on this blog. It’s time to reblog it for new followers. Hopefully, they’ll like it.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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From a book “Irish Blessings”.

When this blog just started I published a post “I am not Irish”. You can read it HERE.

I mentioned in the post that years ago during an Irish Festival in Pocono Manor I bought a book “Irish Blessings” (1983, Random House) and I shared three blessings with my readers.

It is spring and very soon I am going to Pocono Manor again. Today I want to share with you two more Irish Blessings.

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May brooks and trees 

And singing hills

Join in the chorus too,

And every gentle wind that blows

Send happiness to you.

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Lucky stars above you,

Sunshine on your way,

Many friends to love you,

Joy in work and play.

Laughter to outweigh each care,

In your heart a song

And gladness waiting everywhere

All your whole life long!

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Several quotes about life.

1) Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a     dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.

Sai Baba

2) A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw

3) Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Mark Twain

4) The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.

Eminem

5) You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus

Lady on the bicycle.