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... it was an interesting mix. This was quite an old dilapidated area and there was a lot of renovation taking place. Across the river we found the spice market, with shop after shop of colourful spices, sweets and figs on display. From here we continued to walk uphill until we found the Grand Bazaar. Covering 61 streets and employing about 33,000 people, the Grand Bazaar is an amazing relic of the past. With shop after shop of bags, tourist ...
... and pomegranate made with sugar). We got a lot but didn't want to get home and regret not getting more, and the prices were great! There were more stands outside around the perimeter including ones with fish, olives and cheese. There's a mosque across from it called New Mosque (although it's 400 years old) that's very pretty from the outside. We wanted to visit another just to have something to compare Blue against, to see if they were all beautiful or if Blue was a standout ...
My tour was very fortunate as we had a very good tour guide named Ali. He was brilliant. He had incredible knowledge and delivered it with clarity and good humour. All guides in Turkey have to do a university course, tour every major site within Turkey to be fully conversant with the sites and history of Turkey before they can become a guide. He admitted that he was only 30 years old, however had been a gude for 10 years. ...
... there was not a cruise ship in his view!)
Like I said, I didn't see much of the Palace and one of the things I missed was the Harem. Yup, harems were for real! In fact, the last concubine left the Palace in 1909.
World War I brought an end to the Ottoman Empire.
Today's sightseeing is over...our tour with SmarTours has come to a close. Riding ...
... to the hotel through the turkish streets taking in all the new sights, sounds and smells of this new city. When we all got home we had a long afternoon sleep. When we got up we went to meet our friends, the kings, who we know in Sydney. It was their last night in Istanbul, and out first night. We walked to their hotel and had a drink on the roof. From their you can see the seas all around the city - the sea of Marmara, the golden horn, and the bospherous. What a great view. ...