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to the Carpet shop and Lisa comes out running its 11:20 and we need to go to
the Iran Embassy. Freak man off we go at a gallop, I break into a run and just
make the door in time. Lisa and I are inside waiting and when the man appears
with our passports and a Visa I let out a great Yeah and everyone in side (even
the official) cheered… it was a great moment. Off we went back to the shop to
thank them for their help.
... the Bospherous River. A little rest, Sue did a practise pack to see how we were fitting and we were back out for a last night walk. We had a few sights we wanted to walk past and thought we might try the Kaymac shop as was to be opened that day. We walked all of the way up and over the hill and decided to go past the palace. As we approached we were told it was closed for the day, we continued down though new streets that we had only seen from the tram. We were so surprised when we ...
... the women had to cover our heads and everyone was instructed to take off our shoes. Our tour guide Oscar guided us through the mosque and pointed out many keys aspects in the mosque and culture. He began by giving background into the Islamic history stating with the greatest prophet Muhammad and ended by given his personal experience as a Muslim and how he practices his faith. One thing that stuck out for me was ...
The Ottoman sultan's primary residence from 1465-1856, when a new one was built just outside of town along the Bosphorus in the mid-1800's. Packed with annoying cruise ship groups racing through, but very different from the better known European palaces at this end of Europe, which was the final stop at the end of the Orient Express.
The harem was the most interesting part, where hundreds of women per sultan ...
... type of guy. I knew I was pushing my luck when I dragged him to the Grand Bazaar (the world's oldest shopping mall) where there are over 4,000 pushy salespeople like the one we met on the street earlier in the day. "No" means "maybe" to these merchants, and they will do just about anything to get you into their store. Making eye contact is out of the question if you don't want to be hassled. I can't even begin to describe the scene inside of the Grand Bazaar. It's something each ...