BEST WESTERN Citadel Hotel
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... Bosphorus, and the Golden Horn as the administrative centre of his empire. In 1479s, be build a large complex with offices, military barracks, a council chamber and a reception hall. A century later, it became the Sultans residence when Suleyman the Magnificent turned it into a home. It severed as the sole administration palace for Ottoman sultans for more than 400 years until a new European style palace was built on the Bosphorus in the mid 19th ...
... seen (or heard of) last time I was in Istanbul, but it was in a book I read so I wanted to check it out. Dan Brown included it in his book Inferno and made it sound really cool. He wasn’t wrong. It’s this massive cistern that used to hold water for the whole city back in the fifth century. It is a huge room filled with 336 columns, and about two feet of water through the whole thing. At times back in the day it was ...
... arrivals). More thoughts of the Twilight Zone - half a world away, cut off without cell or internet... our lives really do revolve around communications. In the meantime, everyone on my flight has departed and I'm feeling smaller and smaller as civilization recedes into the darkness.
Fortunately, Ata and Semira from ASAKUA are just running a little late and I feel greatly relieved upon their arrival.
... and afterwards we went dancing but only for a short while because we had been advised by the Captain that about 11pm we should pass the war graves cemetery at Gallipoli. So at 10.45 we returned to our cabin and stood on the balcony and slowly the ship sailed past the tall illuminated arches of the cemetery. It was a still night and the ship was running quietly and the sight and atmosphere was quite haunting. A lot of people were standing on the decks and balconies and it was a moving ...
... going to our desired destination. Disaster averted. It was about 2:30 when we got to the ferry station. We had bought tickets for a 9:30pm boat which we'd hoped we could later exchange for something earlier. Our luck had run out, there was no space on an earlier boat so we had to hang until 9:30. Though given no affection by Lonely Planet, we actually found Bandirma to be quite accommodating. We spent the afternoon and evening at multiple ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services