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... or not available and pedestrians are fair game also! At Ortakoy we caught a ferry ride on the Bosphorus, the strait that separates the European and Asian parts of Turkey. We saw a number of neighborhoods each with a different character, plus huge bridges, palaces, holiday residences of the Sultans and the rich and famous, plus numerous mosques, of course. It was a very scenic trip and so relaxing. This evening, we had dinner at our hotel and met our companions for the next two ...
... its a must do if you are ever in Turkey. You start off by lying on this big round marble slab that is heated to a quite warm temperature. While lying on the slab, you have warm water continually poured over you. Once you are sufficiently warmed up, you then get scrubbed with an exfoliating type glove/mit from neck to toes. This goes on for a good 15 minutes with lots of water poured over you ...
... with its beautiful hieroglyphics.
Our next stop was the Ayasofia Church museum. Even though it was given to the sultans daughter it started life as a Christian church and inside there are still the remnants of the Christian artifacts and paintings. The Sultan of that era said they had to preserve and respect the Christian culture of the church. This is also a majestic building and has only two towers, and beautiful domes. Upstairs there were ...
... piano player, rockin' Saturday night here! Then headed to bed. Mom and I were both unknowingly up from about midnight until 3am in separate rooms. The jet lag hit a day late and the sleeping meds were in her room. Oh well, finally made it back to bed and woke up to a Cuse win and another fulfilling breakfast. We are off to a full day of tours and hoping the rain holds off. Love to all! (P.S. I am not editing this so please mind any ...
... our water and pastry and headed out. The aroma through the spice market was just great.
After the spice market we headed to the Galata Bridge, it was lunch time. There was a restaurant we had eaten at two years ago and at the time I saw the servers come around with a rather large cart of whole fish, all types, and the guest selected from the cart. So this time we did that for dinner, While there were many fish on the cart, our selection was limited to ...
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