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My morning was spent going to the Istanbul Old Tymey Shopping Mall, or the Grand Bazaar. This ancient structure has been used for centuries as a place of trade. Now it's a touristy labyrinth of vendors of everything you'll ever need, and other pretty fobs and trinkets for your friends back home. All the colorful wares are artfully displayed - but no taking pictures! Spices, rugs, jewelry, clothing, and knickknacks all call for your attention but ...
... because I do not want to sit by myself. So, today I got placed in probably the worst seat in the restaurant. Its something I had read about dining alone, but something I have experienced personally now. I was too tired to argue, so decided to make the most of it and just watch the people in the restaurant instead. One of things that has become so prevalent in our culture is the use of mobiles on the dinner table. At one point, I counted 11 of the 16 people sitting ...
... the West- very cool.
After that the palace went downhill a bit. We entered a room that was full of people.. but not much to see really. Still to this day can't tell you what we lined up for half an hour to see? But then a redeeming thing happened- we saw a guy actually reading from the Koran. That was incredible to see- it was like he was singing or chanting but actually he was just reading.
Sadly then the girls needed to go to ...
... of my triple layers even in the bright sunshine, but one of the advantages of visiting in the off season when it's cold is that you can get lots of pictures that aren't ruined by the presence of other tourists - I mean they're so inconsiderate ruining my holiday snaps :) so Efes is pretty cool, the most famous building of the site that you might be most familiar with is the facade of Hadrians Library which is a big 2 story construction and was pretty damn fancy. It ...
... in the hot sun) so we decided to skip it since we had already been there for about four hours.
We headed back toward Hagia Sophia and stopped into the tombs just outside the gate. They were really interesting. The actual buildings had 15-20 "caskets" in them that look a little like long thin Monopoly houses. They're draped in green and some have these crown-looking things attached to the top. I'm not sure who qualifies for the crown-thing and who doesn't. ...