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... that we’ve prepared. To finish it off we had a pumpkin dessert laced with tahini and walnuts and some revitalizing Turkish coffee. This was kind of pricy compared to all the other free attractions I've done,it cost about $110 but that price includes all the ingredients and the cooking instructions. I felt this was an awesome experience and worth the price.
... of fresh carrot juice. There was a restaurant and people doing the hookah thing. Lots of families and people from all over the world were wandering around and lots of group tours. I met a young man named Mo, short for Mohammed who was trying to sell me something. I chatted with him a bit and it turns out he is actually from Syria. I gave him a pass a long card and he gave me a Syrian coin. Super nice kid.
The food they were selling on the grounds ...
... The plastic circles with holes In them into which you put a coloured pen which your rotate inside a stencil to make geometretric shapes? It is strange to see a toy which I had as a little girl, being sold here as if it is a new invention. But then again nothing here is as it is at home. Even the deliveries of goods. The streets are filled with an endless procession of men pushing and pulling trolleys, filled with the largest loads you have ever seen. ...
... There were a little too many marbles busts for me, but had a nice shady cafe to sit in and rest.
From here I headed up the hill to Aya Sofya. Another amazing structure. This is now a Museum, but was originally built in 537 AD as a Church, then was turned into a Mosque in 1453. So it's quite a strange collection of decorations inside. The ceiling and walls have Christian mosaics, while Islamic additions have been made to the alter area's. ...
... each other Topkapi palace: the Ottoman sultan's palace from the 15th to 19th century. Seemed less grand than i expected for an empire of that size. Some observations: - there's a room where the provincial governors would report to the sultan. Apparently if the sultan was displeased with a governor's report, he would have the governor strangled by a deaf eunuch. Not sure who it sucked to be more, the deaf eunuch or the soon to be executed ...