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Just missed the floods the week before in Istanbul but had some cloudy days with light rain. Had a great hotel location and could walk everywhere. Went to the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Sophia Museum, Spice bazaar, river boat trip and of course experienced a Turkish bath (which was quite an experience and apparently not typical so I am not …
... the way to the ceiling, but now it has just enough to create some cool reflections and allow some big coy fish to swim around in it.
I got some cool pictures in there and then headed up the street to the Grand Bazaar. The only thing I was looking to buy was a patch for my backpack (which I found), but it was cool to just walk around in there. I’m not one for shopping, but the sheer size of this place is ...
... 8221;) The diamond is known as the 3 spoons diamond because legend has it that a beggar found it in a rubbish heap and sold it for 3 spoons – not knowing what it was. Unfortunately one could not take photos in this room. The third thing that caught my eye were the archers rings – beautiful rings that they wore on their fingers when shooting their equally dazzling royal arrows. There were displays in many of the other rooms but I wont bore you with the details ...
... from afar as did not venture up the hill.
Where we did stop was the Place of Asclepion. An ancient "health retreat" dedicated to the god of medicine - Asclepios. Built in the 14th century BC. There was a huge complex - libraries, theatre, temples, shops. The sick came to be healed by the sacred spring water. While waiting for their cure they could read, go to watch religious plays and pray in the temples. One of the cures was spending a night in the temples - ...
... Street combined with the fish market near our apartment and the outdoor spice/food market near Izzet's. This place, Ciya Sofria, had been recommended by two separate people. They had a by-the pound salad bar - all vegetarian! I was in heaven. The food was great - well worth the trip and we headed home on the ferry - This is the first ferry ride we've had at night. It was beautiful to see the lights of the city from the water.
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