Elite Hotel Kucukyali
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... make up 80%25 of the population. Women wear red dots, bindis, on their foreheads and, if married, a vermillion mark at the parting of their hair. A variety of other forehead markings are common indicating the particular Hindu tradition the individual practices, e.g., three horizontal stripes for worshipers of Shiva or a red V for those of Vishnu. Muslims, 13% of the population, are also evident by the caps worn by the men or the scarves by the women. ...
... bones, pots – some thousands of years old. Most of the important discoveries were already in the archeology museum but that didn’t make the thousands of bins of bits and pieces of history less impressive.
For lunch and a little history, we headed to Topkapi Palace, the former home of the sultan and his family. The palace is a maze of buildings, pavilions and courtyards that goes on and on. This is a place that ...
... up the courage to get a Turkish bath! And I'm so glad we did it was amazing! We went to one designed to give foreigners a taste of the turkish bath without their entire skin being scraped off so it was more like a fancy bubble scrub/massage and sauna!
Turkish sweet food is far better than their dinners/savoury so our diet consisted of kebabs for entree then baklava and rice puddings :) no joke, breakfast + lunch + dinner!
... Thomas is happy eating the freshly cooked corn cobs that are available everywhere at the moment). After a siesta we figured out how to catch the tram and went to visit the spice market. It was slightly less touristy than the Grand Bazaar. Once we walked through there we kept on going and were rewarded with a more realistic picture of Istanbul. Lots of narrow shopping streets where the people ...
... her doula and she has a tea that supposedly will make her go into labor- or at least help. She'll bring it to her tomorrow. We're trying! From here we're headed back to the mall for a Starbucks and to get our phone working hopefully. Lovely day so far, and it's so unusual for us to sit and wait for anything. We'd usually go do something with those 3 extra ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility