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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
The basilica cisterns beneath Istanbul were built before the Romans and contain a variety of column styles from all over the empire. Near the back of the cistern area, there were two Medusa heads - one on its side and one upside down. The reason, we learned, that ...
... amp; Smiles' reward scheme, for spelling my surname 'Benneth' and giving me a DOB of 1968 when they set up my account had now disappeared. Excellent food (complete with an on board chef!) and a very warm and friendly service. Such is the Turkish way.
After being picked up from Ataturk airport by my good friend Barlas a.k.a. 'Beerlas' we had a mad, virtually stationery journey to Koray's flat, sitting in traffic for the best part of three and a half hours. It turns out ...
... we have observed in southern European cities.
It is a undoubtedly male dominated culture. Especially in the old city. Men congregate in shopfronts, sidewalk cafes and especially in the coffee houses. Groups will often be seen playing backgammon, drinking the mud known as Turk Kahvesi (Turkish coffee) and smoking the nargile (water pipe). Fascinating to me was the health warnings on the water pipes and the Australian "smoking kills" ads running on TV.
... our clean glory. It was possibly
the best money I have ever spent, I enjoyed it that much, and am now seriously
considering changing my career path from nursing to building a traditional Turkish
bath in Australia! I will be rich!
Post-bathing we headed off for a late lunch of dolmades, Turkish
meatballs and yoghurt and salad, as being massaged is hungry work! Then it was
back to the hotel room for a siesta (and bag repacking) before heading off ...
... looking at us knowing what we'd just done!
That night we decided to go see the Great Gatsby. The man at reception bought our tickets online to an english screening and gave us directions on how to get there but we managed to jump on a tram heading in the wrong direction so got off at the next stop and hailded a cab. The cinema was in a large shopping centre which was 4 stories high and looked like a place I'd love to spend some time at! We exchanged ...