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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... when he started vigorously massaging my back and shoulders. The massage was much more pleasant on my back and my mind had completely drifted off, until a couple of cold buckets of water snapped me out of it!
I was taken through to the cold room, where I had entered originally and sat down next to a basin, which my masseur filled with warm water. My hair and beard were then washed, before warm water was repeatedly poured over my head. I was then motioned ...
... system built in the 530s... Used for a few hundred years, and then forgotten about! 1000 years later, some man started looking into how some city dwellers could dig a hole in their back gardens , drop down a bucket and bring up water and fish! He found the cistern, and then it became the place to throw trash and dead bodies! Eventually, the city reclaimed it, added more "clean up" fish and opened it to the public. It is quite beautiful in a dark, moist, ...
... the best part about this situation is that we get to spend another day in Istanbul. This means I can buy more of the milk nougat with pistachio nuts (that I have been craving for over a week). It also means that we can see the sights that we did not have time for when we were last in Istanbul. These were the Archaeological Museum and going into the Blue Mosque. The Archaeological Museum had a very interesting display of ancient artifacts. Of particular interest to ...
... of medusa's head. It took us less time than we thought to complete the cistern-circuit, and we were stomping up the hill to the Galata Tower at 10:30. The tower was built by the Genoese when they held a small trading colony across the Golden Horn from Constantinople... When Genoa had colonies. We really only walked by ;-) On our way to risky business in Taksim Square. The Galata/Karakoy neighborhood is the southeast corner of new-ish Beyoglu District in IST. Beyoglu ...
... second time we saw more activity and many more people, but it was the weekend. There was a group of professors protesting. It was interesting to see the composition of the crowd, they were young and older, men and women, and it seemed from different socioeconomics classes. Later that night, we headed over to the Asia side of Istanbul by ferry as the first leg of our transit to the airport. As the ferry pulled up to the dock ...
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