I'm posting over here this week! November 2010 - Istanbul Turkey A rainy morning at the BeylerbeyiPalace on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus which was settled in Byzantine times. According to the famous 18 th century traveler Inciciyan, Constantine the Great erected a cross here, after which the area was known as the Istavroz Gardens. Under the Ottomans this area was an imperial park or hasbahçe. Inciciyan relates that the name Beylerbeyi was given to this area in the 16 th century because Mehmet Pasa who held the title of beylerbeyi (governor general) built a country house on the site.
SUNDAY First Communion in Montreal then drive back to Toronto Dinner - skipped as we had a huge lunch in Montreal, calamari, soup, salad, steak and cake MONDAY Dinner - beef stew TUESDAY golf and shopping with friends Lunch - quiche at Williams Dinner - Judge and Jury Pub WEDNESDAY Dinner - leftover beef stew with cheddar cheese biscuits THURSDAY Lunch - burgers at County General Dinner - home made pate with toast
We were returning home along Lake Shore on Saturday when I snapped this photo from the car. I then learned it was a protest outside the Polish embassy situated in one of the lovely old homes bordering Lake Ontario very close to us.
Using my friend, Ms. Google, I learned that they were protesting against a decision by the Polish National Broadcasting Council to strip a Catholic TV station, TV Trwam, of its right to broadcast digitally for free. Protesters claimed the move was a blow to freedom of expression and an attempt to silence their conservative Catholic worldview. The protests began in Poland in September and there have been 157 demonstrations organized in Poland and abroad. A march on May 19 was scheduled in Paris.