Dongyang Hotel Istanbul
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... could get one there. So we did but as the waiter was showing us the way he told us the main elevator was out of order so we had to use the staff one. It was tiny and the two of us were squished in like sardines in a can. I did briefly think how awful it would be if the lift got stuck. But we made it ok and enjoyed a lovely beer overlooking the whole city.
So next the Grand Bazaar - I wasn't really interested in shopping today - ...
... was a very moving experience. There were at least 50 tour buses on the top of the peninsula as lots of Turks visit the area as well, particularly to find out about Ataturk, who was one of the major reasons for their victory in this area. He was shot in the arm by a NZ trooper, but still led the forces.
Huge Turkish flags are scattered about the country, as well as many statues of a galant but humane Ataturk. He is revered by the ...
... us and "Australia" and "this is delicious" us to him. On finishing his roll he quickly jumped up, payed for three rolls, thanked us for keeping him company and ensuring he didn't way on his own and left before we really realised what had happened! On top of this, throughout our time in Turkey, we had numerous cups of tea with locals, another meal payed for and even both our heavy bags carried for us between two bus stations that proved to be not all that close!
... out to the ancient city walls and back.
After a late lunch we walked back up to Sultanahmet calling into a local sweet shop on the way. They have all manner of treats and I enjoyed pointing at random sweets and then tasting them. We'll definitely be going back tomorrow! Another great thing about Istanbul well and truly discovered.
We then visited the Basilica Cistern, a gigantic water storage structure built by the Byzantines about 1500 years ago - a ...
... shouting something in Turkish which I didn't understand. He continued to repeat it thinking that if he said it often enough, I would suddenly grasp this strange language...in the end he said: "baggage control". Yep, this is english but I had no idea what he wanted me to do! Finally another official came, took all my documents and the identity cards and walked over to our van. He pulled back the sliding door, looked at the Germans, stamped ...