The Green Park Hotel Merter
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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... of "Fawlty Towers" though. Despite our best intentions of trying to stay awake till early evening, I only made it till 1.30 before I headed back to our room for a ‘nap’. I slept till 5.30 the next morning! Bob lasted a few more hours than me, till about 4.30 pm. During the few hours that we spent wandering the area and we had morning tea in a fabulous little café full of incredible home made sweets. We wondered ...
... error free. We find our shuttle driver easily enough, but it takes him and his cohorts a few minutes of "tourist herding" and shouted negotiations/instructions to finally get us near a vehicle. A few more minutes of waiting and a friendly driver is taking us towards the hotel, trying to hold a conversation with us using google translate on his phone as he drives.
Checking into the hotel's another "hurry up and ...
... turkish tea with Ozgur, Philippe couldn't help himself ask Ozgur to play his traditional turkish "guitars" or luth called "baglama". As Ozgur was playing you could see Philippe wanted to have a try so Ozgur quickly proposed to Philippe if he wanted to try and of course, Philippe grabbed the thing and didn't let is go for another hour! He did manage to get some middle-eastern sounding melodies in the end so he was happy.
Meanwhile Ozgur showed ...
... style of church was copied by mosques which look very similar. The frescoes and mosaics that were covered by the Ottomans when they used the Church as a mosque are now being uncovered and restored. I think it is the oldest building I have ever been in (that is still complete anyway). The trip has made me keen to find out more about the Byzantium Empire. Luckily there were a couple of books on Amazon for less than $3 so should be an expert soon!
The Basilica cistern is ...
... walk through many other rooms including the treasuries filled with priceless treasures, the armoury with fancy swords and rifles, a gallery with portraits of the sultans, and places like the circumcision hall covered in intricate colourful tiles. The gardens were lovely too with views across the Bosphorus and down the golden horn. There was another area filled with religious relics such as bits of the prophets beards and shroud, and soil from Medina. The place is huge and after a few ...