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We have been very quiet over the past few days. Last Thursday we went to a Turkish Hamami for a good scrubbing and massage. As we went to a local hamami, not a tourist one, it's strictly segregated into male and female areas. And cheap! About AU25 for an hour or more of relaxation. Funny thing though. The ladies who do the scrubbing and massage are about 105 years old (give or take) and only wear their knickers so there are HUGE bosoms (imagine cow ...
Crystal Ingram, Marlana Cirillo, Graeme Biddle J-Term Presentation
Popular Greek & Turkish Music
Influences of Greek-Turkish Pop Music
- Ottoman Classical music
· Turkish folk music
· European popular music
A main factor that contributed to the musical change in Turkey was the transition of the Ottoman Empire to the new ...
Arrived in Istanbul too late to take in both the Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern, so I went with the cistern. Overall, lines for attractions weren't too long because it's low season. I would definitely recommend fall travel to anyone interested in Turkey. Thank God I've had glorious weather. The locals say this is rare because November is normally quite rainy. The cistern was okay, but the columns got quite ...
... Suddenly, the number of tourists dropped to zero, or three if you want to be precise, I guess. Within no time we were in residential Turkish areas, the calm authenticity of which really appealed to me after the hectic old city.
Next up to visit for me were two of Istanbul’s highlights: the Topkapi palace and the Ayasofya. Unlike the Blue mosque, which is an active house of prayer, entrance to these sights is not free. Far from it in ...
... up the hill to the Metro, another 3 TL. And then the Metro from Taksim to Osmanbey, another 3 TL. Its all run by the same company. Its actually cheaper to take a cab which we will do from now on.
Before, we got home, we stopped to have a Kebab. I must say, the kebabs, have all been really average. Disappointingly so. The other Turkish food is way better. I think I will avoid the stereotypical kebab store for now.