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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... had a good think about it, but the idea of walking from nine to five didn’t appeal.
We did visit the Grand Bazaar today. It’s like that carpet shop, all over again, but lots of em. We kept to the centre of the walkway and the shop owners bent double to try to make eye contact. There were more carpet shops, jewellers and china shops than you could think possible crammed into that area. Each, with their spruker nagging the tourists.
An education indeed, more ...
... to say hello to us after the Vesper service, which we were present for. It was interesting because he was clearly older than the rest of the men in the Vesper service, but he was dressed in the same garb as the rest of them (except for the one who went around to spread the incense). We weren't expecting to see him at all, because this was supposed to be his day off. The visit to St. George, in all, was ...
... designed by the same person. The best part was having Ennis with us to tell us all about the place! Especially the random story that when they built the domes of the mosque they got infested by spiders. So to put a stop to this the Turkish rubbed the domes with the insides of ostrich eggs!! After there we walked through the gardens of topkapi palace, beautiful gardens which were a nice break from the city chaos, that led us to the busy and spice market, set in an old arcade ...
... or 1pm. Our first stop was the tourist centre on Orchard Road, where we were helped by a lovely young guy who gave us a free souvenir each. Next we headed to a little shopping lane called Haji Lane. Of course, nothing was open yet so we perused the surrounding streets. We stumbled across a mosque so we had a quick peek inside. We also found a delicious street-side eatery which was absolutely packed with locals - always a good sign of good, ...
... with shields drawn. An unnerving sight! We proceeded into the square into a quiet eerie atmosphere. We heard shouting and located about 50 protesters straight ahead about 100 yds. Realizing we were halfway between the police and the protesters it seemed like a good idea to quietly leave. Although Mustafa constantly assured us,"No problem" we didn't waste anytime getting back to the van. Back at the dorm we had a great story to ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services