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... guy plays around with you while trying to hand you your cone. I found the borek shop and had to relive eating meat borek from Croatia. Sunday is a good day for weddings in Turkey. We saw FOUR brides! One with the traditional Turkish headdress and the other three were modern like ours. Another find was the Pera Palas Hotel, listed in the top 1000 things to see before you die! Who knew! This hotel was built to provide a swanky place to stay after arriving in Istanbul ...
... the time we were passing the Dolmabahce Palace, where we were yesterday, the sun had come out but it was definitely cool on the boat in the wind and we were glad of out rain jackets.
We passed under the mighty Bosphorous Bridge, very impressive too and as we got to the Fortress of Europe we ran into, not literally, a yatch race, all heading up stream with spinnakers flying; they looked great. The Fortress of Europe is massive and in stark contrast to ...
Today we took a return flight from Izmir to Istanbul. After arriving and having lunch, we made a brief visit to Haiga Sophia. This impressive building has served many purposes since it's construction, and is now a museum.
Eastern Orthodox Cathedral
Constructed in 573, the building served as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral and the seat of the Patriarch ...
It was great to start today with a Skype to a special sister and aunt!!!! Dolmabache Palace, for me, has been one of the highlights in terms of buildings we have seen/visited. The Sultan who built it in the nineteenth century certainly wasn't worried about money. It is extravagant in every way. It is a mix of traditional Turkish, with the layout and the Harem, with English crystal chandiliers, French and Italian ...
... the 5th century to the 18th or 19th as I recall. There was even a Hungarian sword measuring 8 foot long, which I doubt even Norden would have been able to swing!
I also visited Aya Sofia alone. An enormous mosque dating from the 5th century A.D., I was blown away by its sheer beauty. It is without doubt one of the best sites I have ever seen. I was simply awestruck. It used to be a Christian place of worship until Sultan Mehmed II conquered the city, a major turning point ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service