BEST WESTERN Antea Palace Hotel & Spa
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... so why should I. This place is huge and I did not get to see all of it as the was renovations taking place. There was also a few sections where you could not take pictures. You could not take them in the Treasury Section and the section with all the weapons. Landon really would have loved that sections and there was a lot of swords and guns. Topkapi Palace was built by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. He chose this location overlooking the Sea of ...
... raining again. It was still nicer than when I was here in December and it was raining AND cold. Since I’ve already seen most of the main sites I just wanted to see them again to see how they look in the spring. It turns out this is a beautiful city, and I just never realized it before. I started out with the Blue Mosque, then Hagia Sofia, and then moved on to the Basilica Cistern.
The Cistern was something I ...
... 1.30pm the ship left the quayside just as a German cruise ship, the 'Aida' arrived. The view from our cabin of Istanbul as we sailed away was wonderful, with minarets from the various mosques in the city dominating the skyline. We sailed slowly through the Sea of Marmara and just before dinner at 6.30pm we began our transit through the straits of Dardanelles. The weather had suddenly turned warmer and the sky was clear. We had a very enjoyable meal and good conversation with Jo ...
... visited the blue mosque and a local man took us in and gave us a free tour, it was so interesting. Beautiful inside and out. We also visited the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar. They sell these nuts here that are coated in sesame seeds, we are addicted.
We have met a lovely couple from QLD, we have spent hours talking and have so much in common. Roger is also a builder and Melodi a social worker. We had dinner together and then went to ...
... down the hill side without a single car in sight, flicking between the shadows, leaning low on the corners and picking up dangerous speeds; the wind chilling me in my sweaty t shirt. Shadows of precarious but ancient rock formations and huge wing spanned birds wheeling above were sharply silhouetted against the yellow-orange dust land. The previous days I'd spent questioning my motives for cycling across Europe when I'm not even that fond of ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Adjoining Rooms
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet