Hotel Fehmi Bey
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and Islamic touches. The early Christian frescoes were plastered
over, rather than destroyed, when it became a mosque under Mehmet II
and then restored when Kamal Attaturk changed it to a museum. So
much history in one day!!! We were also let loose in the Grand
Bazaar for about 90 minutes and I was a bit worried we wouldn't find
our way back to the meeting spot, however we managed just fine. 4000
little shops in a maze of laneways is ...
... shop. Had lunch at the old spice market and then onto the Grand Bazaar. Lynne did well with the bartering. Had a Farewell Dinner somewhere then to hotel. Noted: 1. The local beer is not bad. 2. Meatballs are flat. 3. Saw signs every "Giris". Took me 4 days to work out it meant entry and not where the girls were to ...
... a large and impressive water reservoir that was used by the Byzantine emperors to store water brought in from the aqueducts northwest of the city. It is supported by 300+ ancient columns pillaged from various temples and has a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water. There's not quite that much water in it today, but it still holds a shallow amount, and is home to schools of carp that swim around underneath the walkways and between the columns.
Tomorrow we're ...
... main streets and squares. What a fabulous and energetic city this is!
On Monday we made our way the Grand Bazaar; another must see while in Istanbul. This market has been in existence for over 500 years, and although it may not provide the best deals in the city, I still consider it a must visit. I agree with advice from others which recommends you research prices in the city stores ...
... to throw boxes of fat-laden scraps to dozens of felines so the manufactured cuisine won't cut it unless the cats are truly starving. Grown men take time out of their masculine conversations with male peers to coo at the kittens. A person can't walk two doors down without seeing, or nearly stepping on, a milk gallon re-purposed as a cat food bowl. If it takes a village to raise a child in the U.S., then it takes a community in Istanbul to raise a litter of Felis ...