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... As far as we could tell this was a cultural belief, rather than a religious one. There were evil eyes in almost every shop and restaurant we went into. We were given these as thanks by some people we met and they were placed in almost every room of the house we stayed in.
I had one truly strange experience where the barber who cut my hair also waved a naked flame around my ears to singe off the ear-fuzz that a middle-aged gentleman can develop. Scary.
... of our afternoon in
complete relaxation at a traditional Turkish Bath! For those who don’t know,
going to a Turkish Bath involves getting butt naked, laying down on a slab of
marble in a traditional sauna for 45 minutes or so to get your sweat going,
then being rubbed down by a similarly loosely clad Turkish woman with an
exfoliating mitt to get rid of all your dead skin. This was perfect seeing as
some of the showers on this tour have ...
... the same.
The people are still friendly, willing to help and polite.
The City is still chaotic and busy- though much more touristy.
It still feels like the mixture between European and Middle Eastern: with the Minarets and carpet shops and the high-rises and Mercedes cars.
We have had a lovely day- it was just a little taste of Turkey for us all to enjoy.
I am so glad the kids got off the ship to experience it.
... is not the end of the story. The adjoining chapel at Chora, the parekklesion, is decorated with frescoes, including a sublime depiction of the resurrection in the apse. I was not so successful in photographing the mosaics in the main church, but I can offer a lovely peacock, also a symbol of eternal life.
When we arrived at our hotel, Fred learned that his mother had died unexpectedly the ...
... everywhere. We cut through an underpass and it was hell just crowded and people selling you things and being pushed all over. We bought some tickets for the Bosphorus trip and on boarded the ferry. It was an open top ferry and we were lucky it was a sunny day. Once we departed we headed towards the bridge and it was absolutely gorgeous. We saw some beautiful architecture along the river such as palaces, mosques and buildings. We even saw the bar ...
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