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Our flıght over was long but we made ıt wıth everythıng we started wıth. Took a 2 hour nap and went and went for a walk. We had dınner at restaurant under the Galata brıdge and walked back. A fıne nıght - cool but clear. Lots of people out walkıng on a Sunday nıght. We are footsore but happy. …
We got in yesterday (two days before our tour starts). Took an orientation walk and found supper last night (thousands of different cold mezes and a glass of wine). Today we went to the ARchaeological museum (amazing), then Booth came back to the hotel to watch the french open finals, and I proceded to get completely lost. I had had a vague idea …
... corruption, gang violence, and desperate prostitutes everywhere, the city can feel like a trap, especially since everything, including the roads, are so deteriorated you can barely even walk. In the pitch-black streets of Bishkek, I saw hundreds of prostitutes (apparently de facto slaves) offer potential customers a price equivalent to 20 American cents.
So I headed towards China to a huge and deep lake ...
... nuts in buying scarves and necklaces like I was bound for glory. The prices were so inexpensive. (10 Lira for a necklace that back in the states would have been at least $20-25). After leaving the Bazaar, i sa along a ledge drinking soda and people watched for a couple of hours. I never tire of watching people. Istanbul can be owverwhelming with so much to see and do. Enjoy what you do see and can do and leave the rest for another visit. By then you very well may want to get that carpet. ...
... and we are assigned an outside table. Regrettably we have chosen a cold evening and the management kindly shuffles tables and squeezes us inside. Well worth the effort as the food and service are outstanding, and the prices very reasonable. I order the Lentil Soup, then a vegetarian dish called şakşuka, deep fried eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, thick homemade light yogurt and tomato sauce. Delicious!
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed