Kent Hotel Istanbul
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... a mosque until 1931 when it was secularized and became a museum.
After a lunch stop we headed to Topkapi Palace, which served as the primary home for the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years. As the former residence it contains many important holy relics of the Muslim world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it is a museum and a major tourist attraction in Istanbul. The palace is substantial containing four courtyards and many smaller ...
... with my trademark scowl which says "Don't touch me" in huge unwritten neon letters translated helpfully into every language, which is simultaneously my best, worst and only attempt to engage in the serious nightlife for which I suspect I came screaming into this world far too old for.
Upon facing the world anew in the trembling light of day, I found a city transformed. The hellish, lurid orange galaxy was now instead a poem of blue and greys, between the Bosphorus and ...
... Asian side of Istanbul. This beautiful park offers a spectacular view of the European side. Mehmet informed us that tonight's dinner with a local family had to be cancelled. We feel disappointed but we had such a great experience last night we can deal with it. However all was not lost. We lucked out again. A friend of his called and said he knew of a man who was planning to host a group but his wife just had a baby this week. He couldn't invite us to his house ...
... Trying to hold a conversation between two mosques during the call to prayer. · Getting kicked out of shop in the Grand Bazzar for insulting the merchant with our low offer for his 'tin earrings’ · Jem "The sign says you ‘should’ wear pants"- Jem finding out you MUST cover up and having to wear a skirt inside the Blue Mosque. · Eating our body weight in Baklava and ...
... his mobile. Of course. But anyway, we made it eventually which flew in the face of probability but I'll take it. A quiet dinner followed at a little Turkish restaurant (shocking) and now we're home for an early night after a massively busy couple of weeks. Hopefully I'll keep up this blog business and I'll write again after a fe days of experiencing Istanbul. Cheers, John Ps how does one sign off on a blog? Cheers, John feels weird ...