St George's Day

It’s that least memorable of special dates in the English calendar once again. When we celebrate, or forget to celebrate, our patron saint. The Scots have Burns Day and the Irish have St Patrick, and they get celebrated with gusto. St George? Meh. What’s to get excited about? With the noticeable lack of dragons roaming the countryside lately, there doesn’t seem to be a need for the chap. St George was a foreigner anyway. Not even an Englander. Immigrants aren’t the flavour of the month here. Ironic then that the rather right wing UKIP party, who want to bring us out of the EU and send the immigrants back, are pretty much the only people trying to promote St George. I’m sure the irony is lost on them.

I’ve decided to celebrate St George’s Day this year in the most appropriate way. I’ve booked a ticket to Istanbul, to go see St George’s roots. He was Turkish, after all. I’ve always wanted to go. It’s exotic, but just a four hour flight away. It’s rich in history and culture but cheap as chips to get to. And, of course, I’ll get to see what it was that convinced St George to abandon the UK after all his dragon slaughtering exploits to return home to Turkey. But I think I might know the answer already…Turkish Delight. Of sorts…

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  • I’d love to go to Istanbul. Fabulous food, amazing architecture, and one of the world’s most historic cities. What’s not to like?

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we have been fantasizing about just such a trip.

      • Fairly recently I looked at fares from here and they weren’t bad. Of course it’s an eleven hour flight, which isn’t exactly canned cherry juice, but manageable. And, oddly, it’s cheaper than flying to London.

        When are you going?

          • I can see the humor, though you should note I didn’t drive 11 hours a day, and my truck is much roomier and more comfortable than an airline seat.

  • Hope you have a great trip to Istanbul (not Constantinople). I look forward to reading about it. And by the way, I’ve always liked that silly, old song.

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