Dedeman Hotel Istanbul
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... low hills, liberally
sprinkled with mosques and minarets but no office towers to spoil the
picture. There are 16 million people living in Istanbul so there
must be modern office towers somewhere over the hills. At that point
we weren't sure which were the famed Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and
Hagia Sophia but we found out soon enough on our all day excursion.
The tour involved a lot of walking because of the traffic and parking
... the back of the boat. Noted three things: 1. They drive their boats on the river like they drive on the roads all over the place and tooting. 2. It is a clean city. 3. Bottled water is sold everywhere including the side walks ranging from 2 to 7 Lirasi at the Blue Mosque (must be holier water). Temperature 33 - had pizza in room went to bed around 9 ...
I think one of the mistakes we made on our trip last year was hitting the ground running a little too hard and too fast, so I am thankful we had the opportunity to do things a little bit different this year. We had a nice, relaxing day today that involved some really spectacular views of the Sea of Marmara around the Princes' Islands, or "Adalar", a group of 9 islands about 20km southeast of Istanbul. After a leisurely breakfast, we took the tram to Kabatas, one of the major ...
From there we said our farewells and headed to a turkish bath - the world famous Cagaloglu Hamami. This is one of the oldest hammams in Istanbul. Honestly, it was much more of a tourist trap than anything else - there were three other ladies in the ladies' section - all Australian (I think). The way this place worked was - for a "DIY" experience - just entrance, towel and soap, is $40. Anything more is much more expensive.
... my bag.
The trip was uneventful, I took a couple of the travel sick pills and managed to get about 7 hours sleep which I was very happy about. Although its still in my system and I am totally shagged still after landing 4 hours ago.
I changed some money at the airport for the local stuff and $1 equals about 1.70 in their money, they also use Euro, I guess I will work it out eventually.
The tour company met me out front, the guys only English ...