The Central Palace Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Business Services
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... wanted to charge the moon.
Philip made motions of swooning, and the cheeky guy offered him a chair. To add insult to injury, the suitcase looked like it was second-hand, and the lining was ripped and falling out. We said we'd think about it!
We looked in a few other places, but all too small, until a guy saw what I was doing with the floss and insisted I go to his shop. Which of course was round the corner and down ...
... shop. We were called out at every step we took; "spice girls" "angelina jolie" "lady gaga" "rihanna?" Yet we slowly started to change our minds. It went from being charming to damn right annoying. More on that later. At the bazaar i haggled when I bought some hand made cushion cases, harem pants, a bowl (don't how I'm getting that one home) etc. It was hard not to look in awe at the intricately woven rugs that hung from every second stall or the yummy ...
... burst of bloggishness. There are, after all, many varieties of "catch-up."
Now where was I?
Ah, yes: Sunday! Sunday was our first experience of really interacting with the Turks.
In the West (i.e., at home), April 5 was Easter Sunday, and apparently many Istanbullions considered it a holiday in their city, as well. (Easter for the Eastern Orthodox Churches occurs on April 12, so we will miss it altogether.) The crowds ...
... the Bosphoros (that is a view I will never, ever get tired of), and spent the rest of the day strolling through Topkapi Palace (the Ottoman sultan's lavish residence) and the area of the ancient Hippodrome (horse-racing circuit), used at least since the Byzantine period). Over the next couple of days we got to do a lot of things that I've been wanting to do in Istanbul but haven't ever had the time for: a full-day Bosphoros cruise, which included hiking up to a ...
... that hung aroundfor a while, a couple of cars that passed, other than that it was a good spot.As it was only late afternoon we caught up on the blogs before tea. Then didsome emails and sorted some photos in the evening. At bed time before we let Logan out Les had to go out with the torch to check the wandering dog wasn’t sheltering under Dream Catcher, he wasn’t maybe he was one of the dogs we could hear barking in the ...