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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Escape to Istanbul's secret island

"Escape to Istanbul's secret island
Linsey McNeill loved the museums and bazaars of the Turkish capital, but it was the beaches of the Princes' Islands that finally won over her kids

My seven-year-old son slumped onto the heavily patterned carpet of Istanbul's Blue Mosque and looked up at me with a crumpled face. 'Mum, it's just a big empty room,' he moaned. I turned to his sister Emelye, nine, who, a little earlier, had seemed intrigued by the sound of the mullah calling Muslims to prayer. 'Look at all the beautiful tiles on the walls,' I whispered. Em shrugged before collapsing onto the carpet next to Luke."

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