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... there was not a cruise ship in his view!)
Like I said, I didn't see much of the Palace and one of the things I missed was the Harem. Yup, harems were for real! In fact, the last concubine left the Palace in 1909.
World War I brought an end to the Ottoman Empire.
Today's sightseeing is over...our tour with SmarTours has come to a close. Riding ...
... a lovely ambiance. However, as we were wrapping up dinner, it began to rain heavily. While we were sheltered from the rain by an awning, we quickly realized that the street had no drainage. Soon the water, during its descent down the street, was rushing under our table. Imagine having dinner in a small creek and you get the idea. We quickly called for our shuttle back to the hotel. I was wearing shorts and flip flops and was ...
... which wasn't far from the bridge.The Misir Carisi was built in 1660.AS we walked into the Bazaar Adam pointed out that Russell Crowe was inda house and we all said "yeah sure he is" but we were proved wrong and several seconds later Rusty revealed himself to us and I got a nice shot of him and his rabbitohs cap.He didn't see me although his mate did and shook his head and waggled his finger at me disapprovingly.I just waved ...
... of how big this city of 17 million is. Miles and miles of apartments and buildings went on as far as the eye could see. As we pulled back in under the Galata bridge it was lined with hundreds of fishermen trying to catch fish to sell at the fish market underneath the bridge. Walked to the other side of the bridge and went to the top of the Galata Tower. What a view! It was the tallest point in Istanbul for centuries and was ...
... And what a nice bar it was. Complimentary drinks and appetizers! Wasn't this nice. It must be part of the Regent's plan. We meet a United Airlines pilot who could not get out because of Hurricane Sandy and we had a great talk. (After a couple of days with just Brad and I together, Brad seems to grab onto anyone who will talk with him) After a couple of hours there we head to bed. And it was good.
The breakfast area at the Grand Hyatt was huge with ...
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