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... a fascinating place to visit. The iconic, much-visited Blue Mosque is probably more impressive from afar than on the inside. But the Hagia Sophia, the church of St Sophia, built in the 6th century and at the time, the world’s largest building is an incredible and impressive feat of engineering. After 1453 and the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, the building was turned into a mosque and remained as such until after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire when it became ...
... own names. Then there was a mix-up with the drivers and we got a big surly Turk who could only speak gobbledygook. I'm sure the drive took twice as long as it should have. The traffic was horrendous and I think Surly didn't have a clue how to find the hotel. He took us up and down some cobblestoned backstreets that looked less than salubrious but by some miracle eventually found the ...
... been highly recommended by many and also visit a tower in the new city that we had been putting off.
We hopped in a cab and sat in A LOT of traffic before arriving in the new city. It was great to drive along the water again and get a different view of Topkapi and other sights we had visited earlier in the trip. The driver dropped us off right outside Karaköy Güllüoğlu, the local's favorite baklava. ...
... World War One battlefield of Gallipoli of Anzac fame. It was an insane waste of life triggered by English imperialists trying to achieve an objective and human life was sacrifice like pawns on a chessboard. It is important to Aussie and kiwis because it represented a coming of she for these young countries; their first participation on the world stage. Both sides fought manfully but as often the case in war nothing was achieved except death. Each Anzac Day tens of thousands make ...
... which spreads of two continents (Europe and Asia) divided by the Bosphorus Strait and the only place where two continents are joined by a bridge. I guess for soccer fans it is also a place where Harry Kewell spent some time playing for Galatasaray.
Today we took one of the full day ship tours but if you are one who likes to get out and about on your own this city is easy enough for this to be done as we discovered after doing this tour. The ship had ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Pets allowed