Galata Antique Hotel
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... came to Istanbul some 15 years ago with the girls so we do not intend repeat visits everywhere. The city has become a smart tourist destination since then. But it also means that guides, waiters, shopkeepers and carpet salesmen are continually pestering you to sell their wares or services. Andy just ignores them but I try not to be so rude. This makes for slow progress along the streets.
*First we visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia – when it was built in 537 ...
... nearly 100 pictures along the waterfront. In addition to capturing as much as I could of the view, I was also trying out a new tripod I bought here in Istanbul. The flexible tripod I brought with me was designed excellently... for a lighter camera. Mine was unstable due to its above-average weight. The new tripod is perfect for my travel needs - only a foot tall but able to cling to nearly any surface at any angle. I was very happy with the results of its ...
... the plan that didn't need visas so the line was extremely small and I was able to pay by card no problems. I was extremely disappointed in myself when I remembered that I did actually pack the money in my carry on bag and that I had had it the whole time!!! :( Anyway once I arrived at the hotel there were a few people waiting separately in the lobby but once we recognised each others Aussie accents that was the cue to introduce ourselves. Slowly more and more people trekked ...
... temple was also there own private bank. What they would do was give their money and gold to the temple in Egypt, then get a slip of paper and withdraw in when the got to Ephesus to save loosing it in the sea or to pirates. Ephesus was pretty spectacular to see and heaps of it has been restored and uncovered, I'm mean its still a ruin but it was really cool having some of the buildings rebuilt so you could get an idea of how the town must have looked like. St John ...
... for the rest of the ladies.
We considered investing in some audio guides to help us
understand the history of all this splendour. Instead we chose to save our
money and get Bastien to be our tour guide. Highly educated and very bright,
Bastien had a decent amount of knowledge at his disposal regarding this lost
empire. He also made up a lot of ********. Trying to discern fact from fiction,
we followed the ebb of the tourist tide, debating which ...