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... Plus, we had a window to do some serious people watching on the busy intersection below.
We stayed trapped in the labyrinthe of the markets for most of the afternoon, and only found our way out late in the day when the place started to close up. Then there are vans driving down streets which are blatantly too narrow to fit them. The Turkish obviously don't let a little thing like impossibility get in the way of business, and somehow, defying ...
... for people to visit and it is considered an important structure in the world. Throughout the building one can notice beautiful designs and icons that represent both Christianity and Islam.
After seeing the Hagia Sophia, we all took a short walk to the Basilica Cistern. This underground site is historic for it was a water filtration system for the city of Constantinople. The cistern was breathtaking as ...
... are 336 columns arranged in 12 rows. The columns were salvaged from other structures and reused. It is built beneath one of the squares and supplied water for the Great Palace and surrounding buildings. It was rediscovered in 1545 when a scholar Petrus Gyllius was told about locals gathering water and catching fish by lowering buckets in their basement floors. The weather is very pleasant. Temp probably 30 C but there is a bit of a breeze from ...
... mobile phones to watch live sport; travellers going to football stadium tours in Brazil (and learned a little about World Cup preparations) and the growth of extreme sports in Norway. I managed to get some tips about Oslo from the presenter as I am headed there in a few weeks!
Anyway, the people in the track were really friendly and invited us out to what was a very enjoyable dinner. We ended up with a first floor room on to ourselves ...
... clothes, lamps and of course carpets. It was absolutely packed with people. Everything was really cheap but because of the crowds it was too hard to stop and buy. By this time we were ready to return to the ship. It felt like a long walk to get back as we had been on our feet all day. By the time we got back we were tired and sore. We all agreed that Istanbul had been an enjoyable experience and is a place well worth a ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet