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Once we disembarked the bus, I followed other people on the trams towards the Blue Mosque, as I knew my hostel was near there.
After eventually finding it, I chilled out a bit (as it was raining again), before having a much needed shower (two days without one). This was before I headed out to explore the Turkish capital is Istanbul.
After grabbing brekky, I headed into what I thought was Hagia Sophia but actually was the Mausoleum of Sultan Mehmed. Built ...
... 21st century. But the stone inscription on the cult of the Emperor at Smyrna seemed genuine (since it is in Greek, my dear Watson!).
Several of the useful displays provided information on the architectural details (like which direction the doors opened etc.) but there was one that seemed to be designed to provide mirth rather than information. But truth, as they say, is stranger (certainly funnier!) than fiction. We reproduce it here in its entirety:
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. It is best known for being the focus of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed toHomer. Metrical evidence from the Iliad and the Odyssey seems to show that the name ...
... rather shocked. All the pictures I have seen of Turkey were more from Istanbul, so I was expecting old buildings and lots of mosques since it is a Muslim country. It was quite the opposite actually. Very modern buildings and it had a very European feel to it. The city itself lies surrounded by mountains on the edge of the Aegean sea. Streets lined with palm trees, I never would have guessed it was in Turkey if you dropped me here. My cab driver ...
... be forgetting to do that again? No, somehow I think not.) The lady at the ticket office was lovely. She had a reassuring smile and enough patience to cope with 2 English women who couldn't speak a word of Turkish, were somewhere in Turkey, but not where they were supposed to be. When we heard the words "All flights to Izmir are full" we started thinking that maybe, just maybe, we wouldn't be watching the girls play later on. By now it's about 7.30am, and we ...