Many interesting histories came alive in these walks
From the medical perspective
As I walked around this area saw a building between Hagia Sophia and Hagia Irene which is the only remaining building site of the 24 hospitals for the public mentioned in records. The Eye department of this hospital was said to be particularly well developed. Got to mention this to my Ophthalmology friends.
Other links of interest
From a mentor’s perspective
A carpet weaver asked me if I had visited the Tomb of Shams.
“No one knows where Shams is, how he disappeared. Even Rumi could not find him in his life time, and many of his spiritual poems speak of this loss and love. So how can there be a tomb of Shams,” I asked this local person of Konya.
He agreed that no one knows where is Shams.
But then, Shams is everywhere.
Visited Istanbul again, on way to Tripoli after a brief visit to India.
Went to Gulhane park, as I had gone in March -2015 , on way to Toronto
Gulhane Park-March 2015
Gulhane Park Istanbul-Column of Goths-August 2015