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... and Grand Bazaar. Our first stop was the Hippodrome which is the location of the old Roman chariot races but the Ottomans tore it down to make way for the Blue Mosque. All that's there now are three monuments. One is an obelisk from Egypt that an Ottoman emperor brought back after conquering Egypt, one is a serpentine brass pillar from the Greeks and the last was another obelisk built by the Romans as the turn around point for the chariots. After the Hippodrome we went next door ...
... didn't speak a word of English so there was no warning before she whipped my towel off and there I was...naked. I looked at Caryn, she looked at me...more laughter, hysterics rather. The women motioned for Caryn to sit down on the side and she gave me a little smack on the tush to inform me that it was time to get up on the table. There I was, naked on a marble table being scrubbed by a Turkish woman while Caryn just sat there and watched. The whole time I ...
... made it through to the
arrivals gate, it had been over an hour since we had landed.
A quick search for someone holding a sign with our name on it yielded nil
results. "Great", we thought, "Our pick up must have been tired of
waiting and left." Eventually though we spotted him amongst the myriad
of other sign holders.
Wasn't long before we were ...
... Suleymaniye Mosque. This was very similar to the other mosques we have visited except quite a bit less crowded. We also managed to make it down to the coast line and see the old city walls that protected Constantinople. As you can see from the pictures they were quite high and intimidating.