Elite Hotel Kucukyali
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We are now in the airport with reliable wi-fi getting ready for our 11 hour flight back to Toronto so I thought I would try to wrap it up. Santorini - very different than the other Greek islands - the houses are mostly perched up on the rock. We took the donkey path up from the port (without a donkey of course) because "we" love to have a little climb first thing in the morning. There were some walkers but mostly people rode the donkeys or took the ...
... him out.Turkey has great resources but there is a very poor element as well -beggars in the street which just shouldn't be and folk working hard for a mere pittance.yFood is cheap and plentiful and tourism is a large part of the economy. There is a lot of building going on everywhere but at the same time there are lots of buildings in all sorts of states of disrepair. A very old but also a very new and modern country. Very ...
... and began the first part of the hamam process. From reading around before I came, I understood that the idea was that I sat here and started to sweat. I sat in the hot room for around 15 minutes, taking in the surroundings of the ornate baths around me. There were a series of brass taps around the edge of the room, that flowed into basins on the floor. Above me, was a domed roof with about fifty lights shining from tiny recesses. Initially, I had thought that it ...
We ventured out to navigate our way through the cobblestone streets and see what we could find in this pretty city. We went to Topcapi Palace which was lovely and very ornate very similar to what we have seen in India. Some it the jewel encrusted thrones were made there. Bus loads of Chinese tourists forgetting their manners yet again and pushing in line. An Aussie tourist lost his cool and told her to 'bloody wait your ...
... sultan even had a three-tiered fountain in his audience chamber to try to create white-noise, to prevent some of the inevitable eavesdropping. Turns out that the mother of the sultan is the one with the real power within the harem. She controlled which women advanced or were held back as all the young girls strived to become the next favorite concubine. The girls were taken ("chosen") from the surrounding towns and villages for their beauty and intelligence as ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility