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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... discuss matters in the Divan. It's pretty clear from where our meaning of 'divan' originates, isn't it?
There was a room in the upper wall of the divan that the viziers could not see into - that was the sultan's room. So they never knew if he was listening to their conversations.
This was the age of beheadings so I'm guessing everyone was on their best behavior.
Because I knew I wouldn't be able to ...
... than the Blue mosque. It was originally built as a Byzantine Christian cathedral and later, after the Ottomans took Constantinople and turned it into Istanbul, converted to a mosque. It is so obvious that something is not right about the building on the outside, giving it a roughness I really like. On the inside it’s got the best of both worlds. The architecture of a medieval Byzantine church, filled with beautiful Islamic decorations.
... studying Epidemiology.
The next day I took a much more focused walk in the city, focusing on the historic area. I started with the ancient Byzantium cistern near the Hagia Sophia. This was a fascinating site. I descended under the busy street to a large cavern built to hold the ancient city's water supply. The roof was supported by rows upon rows of columns cannibalized from other buildings. In one corner, two ...
... and drank tea with a store owner and haggled over the price of a couple of lamps that we'd been eyeing for the last few days. Turks are really great people to haggle with. They keep it fun and light-hearted while not being annoying and obnoxious. The rain started coming in at just the right time as we headed in to the archeological museum. I didn't expect a whole lot, but we ended up staying for hours in a ...
... take the train to terminal 5 (we were in terminal 5B) and look for our flight on the monitors there. So off we go to the trains (we have 2 hours) and when we get to terminal 5 we find a huge mass of people. We find the monitors and look for our flights and it is listed but instead of listing the gate, it says the gate will be released at 9:50 (30 minutes before the flight) I hope it is close. We have time to eat and pee. Then I find us waiting in front of the ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center