Golden Hill Istanbul
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... morning food walking tour, however due to some no-shows, the organisers asked me kindly if I would like to change to 4pm.....I agreed and that left me with a day of walking around the city. I wanted to check out Suleymaniye Mosque...I knew it was up on a hill behind the Grand Bazaar....but had no idea how to get there.....so I just walked in the general direction, got lost a few times, found some random streets where I was the only tourist amongst a LOT of turkish men ...
... we thought it was milk. We declined trying it and took the safe option with a Fanta. Murat was telling us that the Catoni shipping company is the second oldest in Turkey, and comes up in searches on Wikipedia. It was also lovely to chat about the differences in family life and culture compared with our own. Thanks again for lunch!
We headed back to let Logan out, it's hot today, but we enjoyed the walk back, there are a few military ships around today ...
We have officially been in Istanbul for a day and a half and it has been an incredible experience. There are no words to describe how amazing it has been to be in the center of a city that has so much history. It really is like going back in time but the city also blends so many cultures together so gracefully. But you'll hear me gush more don't worry I'll let you know what I've been up to! By the way I'm typing this on my iPhone so apologies for horrible grammar or weird ...
... Production-wise they are the biggest in Europe but it’s small in comparison maybe 10th in the world.
Circumcision is age 6, 7, or 8, traditional for Muslims but it’s done in hospital and there’s a feast straight after. Tradition is that for a week before the boys are able to do whatever and whenever they want, they dress up in special costumes such as admirals, soldiers etc and the family does as they choose. Then ...
... the boat again to go to the Feriye Palace for our Farewell dInner with the group. Philip, our main tour director surprised us with Sema Universal Movement presentation. It is not called a show, because these people are not entertainers, but they are monks who have their own families, but they dance in a circular movement until they come to a trance. The Sema Ceremony represents the mystical journey of man spiritual ascent thru mind and love and arrive to the Perfect ...