Boutique St Sophia Hotel
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On my first day out in Turkey I started off by going to Sultan Ahmet Camii, also known as the Blue Mosque, it gets it name from the blue tiles covering the walls of the interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, and its still in service today. The architecture of this place is breathtaking , it is made up of one dome 8 secondary domes and 6 minarts. This is a place for Muslims to go for prayer, they pray 5 times a ...
... s heads of the medusa's hair. Later the same day we visited the Topkapi Palace which is where the sultans of Istanbul lived during their reign. The palace is just an amazing place with various mosques, rooms and treasures to be found. One of these treasures was an 86 carat diamond which was absolutely huge and couldn't fit on any ring I would wear! Another part of the palace that was very interesting was the Harem. It was so ...
I had intended to write each day but that proved to be difficult for reasons of communications the pretty busy pace of life and lethargy caused by jet lag. We are now in Istanbul. Our second day in Canakkale was an early start as we headed off for our second day at Anzac. This time things went much more smoothly and we even had lunch boxes. The only down side was the weather and the rain was pouring down ...
... Istanbul. The railed ledge
(no other way to describe it) was very narrow but we edged our way
around it to take in the wonderful sight. Not everyone read the
signs which said ONE WAY TRAFFIC. That was a another highlight of
Istanbul. From there we walked downhill (could have taken another
funicular) and across the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn to the
Spice Market, past dozens of people fishing off the ...
... prayer time, plenty of booze available, and we noticed many Muslims eating. Turkey went through secularization long ago and it can be felt today.
We spent some time being super tourists and hit up the Hagia Sophia which was stunning and Chad's favorite, the incredible and eerie underground Basilica Cistern with Medusa pillars, a lovely sunset river cruise on the Bosphorus, the bustling Spice Market and crazy Grand Bazaar, and the ...