Tom Castaneda @castanedatd

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Native Texan living in Manila. Marketing executive, writer & journalist. Love travel, design, photography and all things entertainment. Proud Latino.

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On the grounds of the #DolmabahcePalace
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On the grounds of the #DolmabahcePalace

#MaidensTower in #Istanbul. According to a popular Turkish legend, an emperor had a beloved daughter and one day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The emperor, in an effort to thwart his daughter's early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father.

On the 18th birthday of the princess, the emperor brought her a basket of exotic sumptuous fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, an asp that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess and she died in her father's arms, just as the oracle had predicted.
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#MaidensTower in #Istanbul. According to a popular Turkish legend, an emperor had a beloved daughter and one day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The emperor, in an effort to thwart his daughter's early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father. On the 18th birthday of the princess, the emperor brought her a basket of exotic sumptuous fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, an asp that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess and she died in her father's arms, just as the oracle had predicted.

Fishing Along the #BosphorusRiver
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Fishing Along the #BosphorusRiver

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The impressive #RumeliFortress, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before his army's conquest of Constantinople.
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The impressive #RumeliFortress, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before his army's conquest of Constantinople.

#TurkishFlag blowing in the wind during the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.
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#TurkishFlag blowing in the wind during the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.

Ships Ahoy! #Turkish ship, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.
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Ships Ahoy! #Turkish ship, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.

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The view of the #Istanbul waterfront, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.
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The view of the #Istanbul waterfront, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.

#OrtakoyMosque, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.
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#OrtakoyMosque, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.

#CiraganPalace in #Istanbul, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.
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#CiraganPalace in #Istanbul, as seen from the #BosphorusRiver boat cruise.

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#BeskitasIskelesi in #Istanbul.
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#BeskitasIskelesi in #Istanbul.

All You Need is Love!
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All You Need is Love!

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