Divan City Istanbul
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- Airport Transportation
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... the famous Orient Express. After a long day on our feet, we were pleased to sit down in the Baggage Hall for passengers of the original Orient Express.
It's an imposing square room with extremely high ceilings so it was naturally cool even on the hottest day. The room is used by a group who perform the Whirling Dervish ceremony. Somehow the term "Whirling Dervish" is lodged in my brain from childhood. They feature in one ...
... a small chest full of emeralds, there were so many! We also saw an 86 carat diamond. Then we went to the harem part of the palace, it was very beautiful and detailed. We saw the Emperor's Mother's apartments among other amazing things. The palace was so huge and fancy, they had amazing rooms for everyday tasks everywhere! Then we left to go back to the ship and ate a delicious dinner with Ian and Princely. Then we all went to bed, tomorrow is going to be a busy morning! That's all for ...
... Istiklal avenue and wandered up and down the street. We went back to the costume shop and spent a while exploring. The place was massive. After emerging back onto the street, we stopped into a Turkish bar where a band were playing. One of the guys had an electric fiddle and was particularly good at playing it. We sat here for an hour or so, just soaking up the atmosphere. Walking back to the Hostel that night, we talked about how much we had enjoyed Istanbul. It had ...
... out any more as I was about to leave behind he euro for the rest of my trip that afternoon. Apparently €2 was enough for this lady so I spent a great deal of my time that afternoon using their wifi and sitting in the sunshine. I did attempt to go and find a cafe or restaurant that would accept payment by card so I wouldn't have to get any euro, but I had no luck and was forced to get some out - who'd have thought that none of the restaurants around the main ...
... the way back we took a photo of the local recycling man. Let me tell you more about rubbish here in Turkey! Each house or apartment doesn't have it's own bin. Bins are at the side of the road and you take out your waste and put it in the nearest bin. These are emptied frequently by the local authority and daily by the recycling people. These people go through the bins using a long hook and remove anything they can recycle, glass, plastic and cardboard. They fill massive ...