Celal Aga Konagi Hotel
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We have been very quiet over the past few days. Last Thursday we went to a Turkish Hamami for a good scrubbing and massage. As we went to a local hamami, not a tourist one, it's strictly segregated into male and female areas. And cheap! About AU25 for an hour or more of relaxation. Funny thing though. The ladies who do the scrubbing and massage are about 105 years old (give or take) and only wear their knickers so there are HUGE bosoms (imagine cow ...
... rubbing alcohol and wiped them ... so ... ) It's funny that the salon was run by men. Was watching a doc earlier today where a Turkish woman said most hairdressers are men, and it's true. Went to Starbucks afterward, hoping to use wifi. I hate how every public wifi place sends a confirmation code to your phone -- that I can't receive with my network turned off -- before you can use the internet. Same with stupid Starbucks. Their drinks are cheaper here, though; 6 TL for a tall ...
... by our Turkish Tour Manager Urg (later to be named the oracle as he knew every detail or information there is about Turkey present and past). We travelled by our luxury coach to the Hotel Sapphire through traffic jams and down windy streets testing the great ability of the driver.
The hotel was situated in a narrow cobbled street with a mixture of bars and restaurants.
... After working out a tram / bus layover, we arrived at Kariye Cami (a.k.a. The Church of the Holy Savior in Chora). The most outstanding feature backing up the overpriced entrance fee for the church turned mosque turned museum is the amazing mosaic work. Most of the walls and nearly all of the domed ceilings are fully clothed with intricate mosaics composed of stone chips the size of raisins.
As we walked out ...
... through way and many little alleyways full of men all telling you about how good their wares are. The colour, the noise, the variety of trinkets,leather, glass, china and scarves was as fascinating as it gets. The floor is all uneven worn marble which is washed carefully every morning. The market teams with people and it is hard to work out where to turn without getting totally lost.
The actual building has huge vaulting ceilings with frescos and the marble flooring ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center