Med Cezir Hotel
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- Adjoining Rooms
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Non-smoking hotel
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Hello, again, Blogonauts!
Alright, I am a bit behind. I've included a flush of photos as penance.
The source for my seeming silence is .... hmmm ... I have it! ... a combination of jetlag and joie d'vivre! What better excuses can there be?
I mean it ... what better excuse can you apply for me here? While I'm awaiting …
Hello again, Blogonauts! Istanbul is indeed lovely, and among its charms are the various mosques and minarettes of the old city. Unfortunately, sometimes jarringly, from these minarettes comes a pre-dawn Arabic alarm clock. At precisely 5:36 AM, the loudspeakers on the nearby Blue Mosque sprang into surprisingly sonorous action as the muezzin urged …
... this palace was constructed sometime in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is named after the son of Michael VIII, Constantine a prince “born to the purple”. After the Ottoman conquest it was first the Sultan's menagerie, later it housed a brothel, a pottery and a poorhouse. As a result only the exterior stonework survives and it is in the ...
... the Aya Sofia (which was the intention). But being a functional mosque, it is very much Islamic (Capt. Obvious here). In the outer courtyard, there were the information boards about Islam and Prophet Mohammed. Not that I mind reading them, if fact, I liked reading them. We had to wait in the outer courtyard until the prayers got done inside. Especially interesting reading was the text of the last sermon given by the Prophet. The inside work in the mosque is just ...
... it, which further bolstered my sense of national pride. They also gave me my first Easter Egg this year, and so became some of my favourite people.
The other cool thing about the trip was, on the long drive there and back, getting to see and learn a bit more about Istanbul. There are far more commercial centres than I first thought. I've been getting the sense that the tourist areas are rather tame compared to the rest of the country, and in ...