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... at the forum. It was great to learn how mobility, specifically apps, are changing the corporate travel world. I also learned that the lines between business and pleasure are blurring, and creating a “bleasure” market.
After the forum, I tagged along with a friend to head down to my “Second home” – Lugano (Italian part of Switzerland). This was so relaxing but at the same time I met so many more friends ...
... who after building it in less than 10 years, entered the Church on December 24, 563, and said: "Solomon - I have surpassed thee" referencing Solomon who built the temple in Jerusalem. Click here for a quick summary of the church if you’re interested and click here & here for some photos. I wish mine came out that way.
... lot less busy than we had expected, it was also surprising to see that the traditional shops of leather, jewellery, sweets and garments although prominent had given way to the fake handbags and knock off t-shirts more akin to south east Asia.
The biggest surprise of it all however was the prices, we know you are meant to barter and we know Turkey is enjoying some decent prosperity but high end prices for knock off goods and mass produced pashminas is ridiculous.
... But still not like Sultanahmet, which is Grand Central Tourist. Of course you have to go there, more than once, but don't spend more than half of your time there.
The Museum Pass will get you into the Topkapi (including the Harem, for which you otherwise pay separately), Aya Sofia, Aya Irini, the Mosaic Museum, and the Archeology Museum. Even if you skip the Aya Irini, which is hardly worth it, you more or ...
... and some Europeans. You'll see a few from the pictures.
After a quick stop at our hotel, we walked down the street to the Panorama Restaurant. It is on the rooftop of a hotel just a few blocks from where we're staying. What a treat! You can see the entire section of Old Istanbul, as well as the Bosporus and the Golden Horn. It was an amazing experience to see the sun set and hear the call to evening prayers - a wonderful way to end our day!