Golden Hill Istanbul
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Distance travelled: 2,030 nautical miles
Please note: The BS in the title of this blog stands for Black Sea (what else did you think it stood for??) I just couldn't fit the whole title in due to a restriction of characters!!!
"It is 283 nautical miles from Izmir, technically in Asia, to Istanbul, technically in Asia AND Europe. Our route took us north across the Aegean Sea to the Dardanelle straight. This 39 mile canal is only 4.5 miles at ...
... ever come out dancing on tables I am unsure..roll with it though). But hey...I am abroad, with mates I have made travelling (..and still eating copious amounts of cake) and having completely new experiences.
Edging the first half of 'Australian' birthday (one of the best thing about having your birthday abroad is the timezone differences) was our adventure to Pammukale. A recently named UNESCO site, translating as a 'Cotton Castle' which ...
... has no window and chains bolted to the stone wall. Aside from this and the outer walls of the prison which incorporate stone columns from previous civilizations, it's a lame site with almost no explanatory text. Berrin had been busy baking cornmeal cookies which we ate warm with tea. She packed up a box of cookies for us to take along with us and gave us a bag of her tarhana, crumbled dried sourdough that you add to soup for a healing brew. ...
... In that room there has been someone reading the Quran 24/7 for 1400 years. Talk about history. Walking through that palace you heard the exact same thing as a sultan that lived 1400 (every Quran is word for word the same no matter when or where in time). It gave me the chills. We also had an amazing view of the bridge that separates Asia and Europe. I'm telling you this place is unreal.
(If you're still hanging in there through this long post) We then ventured into ...
... leather, rugs, etc. I guess the must do tour local tour operator has to bring all tourists here whether they want to or not. It is quite an overwhelming experience. You need to be prepared to bargain up to a least three times, part of the culture. But you get the feeling that you really have to be aware of the phrase Buyer Beware. I am sure the gold jewelry is good. But unless you find a piece you like, and are willing to do the bargain game, best to avoid it. Tonight ...