Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... You sit in a sauna until you can't handle it anymore, and then you go out into a marble room full of water basins and tables. The women (men if you're a guy) working their scrub you with a sandpaper-like sponge and then use shampoo and soap. The water is cool, which feel great after the sauna. After we were finished, the Turkish women brought out a drum and we had a little dance party. It was great.
This week ...
So we checked out of our hotel and walked with our cases down a very steep hill and through town to the cruise ship which I guess took about half an hour. We were met by at least five tour buses filled with Japanese, Spanish, Italian and American tourists so we thought we would have to wait for ever but because we were on our own managed to get on first. We have a cabin on the fourth floor-no windows ...
... as the sultans in the Ottoman era loved tulips. Speaking of tulips, during the month of April was the 8th annual Istanbul Tulip Festival. Total of 20 million plants will have planted for the festival at a cost of TL (turkish lira) 13 million all around the city. We have seen these tulips in various sights such as in the Blue Mosque, in various parks, and on the highways. They were a beautiful sight!
Back to the Topkapi Palace, after the Tulip ...
... special about the azaan rendition from the Blue Mosque coupled with one coming from the direction of Aya Sofya. Both the muezzins had particularly mellifluous voices and seemed very well trained. What was even more interesting was they had worked out an arrangement by which they took turns to render the verses and the overall effect was that of a well orchestrated performance.
Sultanahmet Azaan video (the camera has not fully captured the ...
... places I have seen – you literally feel as though you are stepping back in time to the world of sultans. We viewed room after room of multi colored decorative tile inlaid architectural wonders and both agreed that being in a harem in such a place might not be all bad!! One amusing thing we noticed while there was the number of Muslim families visiting where the females of the family ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility