Hotel Bulvar Palas
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... to find a bakery to buy bread for lunch. Not far along the road we found what we needed and then pulled up a side road to make a sandwich. We had noticed a hand car wash on the corner. Dream Catcher could really do with a bath! After lunch We turned around and pulled in, we asked how much and said 'yes that's ok' Whilst they were doing a very good job with power hoses, foam and even cleaning the mats inside, we sat at the cafe ...
... you-go card, transit cards pre-loaded with some credit. Instructions for the transit, info about the neighbourhoods, wonderful anecdotes about his friends in the Nash family and some adventures from the college days. It was a wonderful wonderful evening and we're so grateful for it.
As we set out to explore the Sultanamet area the sense of wonder continued. As we stepped off the tram we were amazed at ...
... greasy disgusting kebabs back home!
Next is Tantuni - Gary's favourite for the day!! Again another local shop where they specialise in making just Tantuni. It's made from chopped meat (beef with zero fat) spices and wrapped in flatbread, served with rocket and pickled hot peppers and a drink called Ayran (mixture of yoghurt, water and salt - Turkish soft drink they say) the wrap was delicious and spicy, complemented the drink well (only if you sipped it) otherwise the ...
... of Turkish delight and apple tea to persuade me into their shops. They're among the nicest vendors I've met abroad and I want to stick them all in my pockets and bring them home!
After perusing the markets, the whole lot took a cruise down the Bosphorous. We were able to get a view of how ginormous the city of Istanbul really is - both Europe and Asia sides! And we had ...
... children, and taken into the harem. There, they were taught reading, writing, makeup, dancing... you really can see both the pluses and minuses of this life- no shortage of food, clothing, warmth, and you get a real education... but you literally would never see your family again. And may never leave the confines of the harem again until you die. And the older women, "past their prime"? They became teachers, it turns out. I was worried... The sons of the sultan ...