Just a day to go in the travel writing competition by We Said Go Travel and I'm in second place. If you're on Facebook, please help me win by clicking here and 'liking' the picture of the fabulous Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Thank you!
GayStarNews, one of Britain's most respected online publications for the LGBT community, recently published an article by Jack Scott about gay like in Turkey. The piece was adapted from Jack's recently published eBook, Turkey, the Raw Guide.
Read Jack Scott's new monthly column about writing in Displaced Nation.
Jack Scott just loves the best seller banner against Perking the Pansies on Amazon.
Perking the Pansies keeps re-entering the Amazon charts, much to Jack Scott's great surprise. Here it is at Number 6 in Gay and Lesbian Biographies. But then, Jeanette Winterson is at number 1, 2 & 4 with the same book as is Paul O'Grady at 3 & 5 so I guess the book is really at number 3.
I entered a travel writing competition and there's a bit of cash in it if I win. If you're on Facebook and you'd like to help the competition along, please click on the image above and 'like' the picture on Facebook. A boy's gotta eat.
My article is called "Istanbul, the City that Straddles Two Continents" which I adapted from a chapter in my recently published eBook - Turkey, Surviving the Expats.
"Just spitting distance from Hagia Sofia is the Basilica Cistern. Like Hagia Sophia, it was constructed in the reign of Justinian and is the largest of several ancient reservoirs that lie beneath the old city. The enormous vaulted ceiling is held aloft by more than 300 recycled pillars. Two of the bases are carved with visages of Medusa, all bulging eyes and wriggling snake tresses. Don’t worry, you won’t turn to stone if you gaze at their ugly faces. The cistern was used as a location for the 1963 film, ‘From Russia with Love’ which saw James Bond rowing through the waters. If you’re lucky, you may be serenaded by a string quartet as you saunter round. A short stroll from the cistern is the Grand Bazaar, a must-see on anyone’s itinerary. This 500 year old structure is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with 3,000 shops. These days, you can sip on a latte while taking in the biblical vibe dissonantly blended with the Chinese-made tat."
Read the full article on We Said Go Travel.