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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 …
During Byzantine times, the entrance to the Golden Horn harbor, a sheltered horn-shaped inlet that joins the Bosphorus just where the strait enters the Sea of Marmara, was guarded by a giant chain that was suspended between two large towers, one one either side. When raised across the entry way, it prevented ships from entering or leaving the inlet, serving as a simple but efficient form of defense. But this was not an effective strategy to counter Sultan Mehmet II who in ...
... However, the regime claims it’s worth 50 cents. So if you go to a bank or an exchange office, they give you the government rate. So it’s much cheaper to exchange currency on the black market, by finding some local thugs with huge bags of cash. Then you can trade a one-hundred dollar bill or two for a suitcase full of thousands of 1000 söm notes. You can never count it: Counting 20 bills to pay for a meal in a cheap restaurant ...
... Me ei soovinud, kuid siis toodi meile tasuta tee. Ühes restoranis sõime imemaitsvat kala ning peale seda ei soovinud enam midagi. Restorani omanik tõi meile tasuta magustoidu. See oli muideks väga huvitav. Kujutage ette mannapudru, millele on lisatud ohtralt suhkrut ja juustu (!) ning kõik see toredus on kaetud vaniljejäätisega. Kõlab õudsalt, aga tegelikult oli väga maitsev.
Ma nüüd ei teagi, kas need restoraniomanikud ongi kõigiga nii lahked või nägime me lihtsalt ...
... the temptation though out our whole time in Turkey to get any carpets (or for that matter leather goods or any of the other things that had been offered on our travels), we fell at the first hurdle. So much for our planning! But we are very pleased with our purchases and just hope they make it back safely to Brisbane. We took our loot back to our hotel and then went out to the Spice Markets. This is totally different and the thing ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking