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... a maze of corridors with a courtyard overlooking the Bosphorous. Beautiful tile work and architecture. Mert gave us a lot of history about the politics of the harem and how it worked. It wasn't just the sultan having his way with hundreds of women. It was all carefully planned and orchestrated by the Queen Mother. The black eunuchs were also an important part of the harem....protecting all the concubines. Pretty interesting. In this courtyard was ...
... from Istanbul and then instead of getting the bus from the main bus station managed to find our way down on mini buses. Sim had asked someone how to get to the main bus station and they just said where are you going and told us to come with him. We think it was just some locals trying to make a living and taking customers from the big bus companies. But we got to Olympus either way and it was still cheap. Took 3 buses to get us there but it worked. They filled the mini ...
... by the Chorus, which was a group of singers/actors who acted, spoke and sang together, often intensifying an emotion or situation for the audience.
o The chorus opened the show with a song that introduced the story, might have given some background into what was going to happen, and even explain what the audience would soon be watching. At the end of the ...
... a world city well before Prague, London or Paris were anything but villages. Everywhere you look there are historical wonders. At one time, the entire Roman empire was ruled from here, and the great Hagia Sophia was erected as the Holy See of Eastern Christendom (Byzantium) when that empire divided. Later, the Ottomans conquered and ruled from grand palaces here, for six centuries, erecting beautiful mosques, solidifying the Islamic faith as a world ...
... there, but we remained silent. Occasionally we glanced around, but not once did we even lock eyes. I was kind of content sitting next to this stranger without attempting conversation. I guess that's one of the luxuries of being a tourist, you can isolate yourself as if it's the most natural thing in the world to you. Eventually, a street vendor scuffled past shouting "Chai Chai Chai Chai," referring to the large bucket of tea he carried across ...
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