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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... br> before you shower down and head back to your private room to lay down and get
changed… Awesome. I also opted for the straight blade shave…. I walked out of that
Hamam a new man…. J
Only in Turkey is there more money in urine than there is in transport! You can travel on the Metro or Tram for over an hour for 2 Lira (AUD$1), but to
urinate, costs you 1 Lira!!! Classic!!!
I was introduced to the way they ...
Off down the street and across the bridge past the local fishermen we hotfoot it to the Ferry. Today we are heading to Emirgan to visit a home that has been turned into a gallery and handed over to the people of Istanbul. By boat we get to see so many of the large beautiful buildings that are along the waters edge and many of Istanbul's rich clearly favour these locations. Arriving at port we taxi it back along ...
... in we went.
It was gorgeous- with all the lovely ceramic tiles, and lights.
It was so quiet and still- a lovely place to pause a while.
We were fortunate to get in before 12.00, because it would be closing for prayer time.
The Muslims are called to prayer five times a day- but the guy who worked in the souvenir shop told me that he prays only on Fridays. (I guess he is busy, and maybe he does a lot of praying ...
... are places they have dug up that have 6 different eras thousands of years apart all within 5m of each other. You could be standing on something 3000yrs old with you left foot and 2000yrs old with your right. That night we stayed in Ayavalik, which is a laid coastal town dating back to the ottoman-Greek period, some of the old locals still speak Greek. We watched the sunset and stayed in a funky b&b. Wednesday we took off to Selçuk which is the town next ...
... being filled with life. The conversation continued as we learnt
more about the hierarchy amoungst the Sultan’s women. As the Ottoman Empire
conquered village after village, the most beautiful of the young females of
each town would be taken back to the palace and educated in the ways of becoming
a royal concubine. The most cunning and intelligent would rise through the
ranks to become The Favourite. The king’s personal consort and a den mother ...