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... treat. Our group is herded through the crowds and a down stairway opening into the eye-popping Basilica Cistern, a vast underground brick-lined chamber, supported by 336 columns built in the 6th century and designed to hold 80,000 cubic metres of water, enough at the time to keep the city provided for up to two years. Following a brief tour accompanied rather incongruously to the strains of “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, it’s free-flowing drinks and food. A ...
We started early with a visit to The Hagia Sophia Museum which was really quite good. With a lengthy history going back over 1500 years, it started off as a Christian Church and was later turned into a mosque. In the 1930s, Ataturk turned it into a museum and it still has a number of mosaics depicting its Christian past. After that we paid ...
... some for gifts to bring home and of course, had to try some for ourselves. It was delicious but so sweet! And that is coming from someone who is a connoisseur of candy and all things sugar.
After we were full from Turkish coffee and baklava we headed up in a tram type contraption that was underground. It's something like the oldest cable car or...something along those lines? Whatever it is known for though, ...
... to the site but we were able to see the sites and memorials in complete peace. We stay in a nice hotel in a summer seaside with a sea view. We had a relaxing spa and sauna (for free) then went out to a once busy seaside Parade for some Shisha and local beers. Modern turkey is close to Greece and Rome so many of the most important cities were once here in turkey. The next day, we visited some Ancient Greek and roman ruins but unfortunately it's not possible to see too much any more. ...
... running to a central point that would allow you to see all the main sites as they are all close together here.
So onto our bus for the day but unlike having spent most of our day on the bus for Cairo it is exactly the opposite. We get dropped off out the front of the Blue Mosque and the walking starts. The Blue Mosque is very impressive once you get inside and the blue colour you have to see for yourself. After our guide explained a lot about the ...
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