BEST WESTERN Tashan Business & Airport Hotel
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... deciding that I really do not make a good tourist. Next day found me in a small hire car heading for the Gallipoli peninsular, some five hours drive south west. There is no Australian or Kiwi who does not know the tragic story and legend of the ANZACS birthed here in 1915, but what I did not know was the detail of it all. I met two young Kiwi's in a cafe over dinner who recommended a tour company to me that they had been on tour with that day. Next morning I drove out early ...
... held the Obelisk of Theodosius (Turkish: Dikilitaş) - the Ancient Egyptian obelisk of Pharaoh Thutmose III re-erected in the Hippodrome of Constantinople (known today as At Meydanı or Sultanahmet Meydanı, in the modern city of Istanbul, Turkey) by the Roman emperor Theodosius I in the 4th century AD (that's Wiki right there). We then bought some water and came back to the hotel to rest a bit before meeting up with the ...
... end and E felt a bit sick. We caught the train from the airport to Athens and met a fellow Aussie traveler from Brisbane who was staying in Athens. Our train to Piraeus switched at Athens so we popped out for 10mins to check it out, bought some coconut and had a panic attack because we thought we lost €500.. We didn't. Trained to Piraeus ...
... bitter...hitting the right spot. this was a smoke house as well. All around us were customers smoking various flavoured hookah through water pipes. Although this appeared interesting, we opted not to partake in this experience.
Met up with Simon and had dinner at the restaurant just next to his guesthouse. Kebap of course. We also had a local Anatolian wine - bouquet of metho with aftertones of paint stripper. Feeling very tired we all headed off for an early night.
Today we revisited some of our favours places and also The Topkapi Gardens next to the Topkapi Palace - they are pretty bare except for some colourful pansies!
We walked down to the water, back through the Spice Markets which smell superb and then through the Grand Bazaar.
It's very wintery and everyone is rugged up in their thick woollen coats and boots, but it's actually quite refreshing and bracing - reminds me of Hobart in winter!