Grand Anka Hotel
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... we headed to the restaurant on the top of our hotel for dinner. It happened to be just as the sun was setting and the call for evening prayers began. The view from the restaurant was amazing, with the blue mosque nearby, the bridge to the Asian side lit up and other historic sites alight too. A lovely welcome, and better lights than Paris! Merhaba Istanbul!
Today we are taking it a bit easy after what was an exhausting day yesterday to Gallipoli and back. We've taken a tour from the hotel desk and have just boarded the boat. A highlight was the lunch: a wide choice of Turkish food both cold and hot with a range of spices and condiments. The trip was relaxing and ...
... area. There were a small number of people there when we started, and I estimate about a hundred or so there by the time we finished. Of course it was a bit difficult singing outdoors with open air acoustics, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it, and they even clapped and sang along on the Turkish songs.
We sang the following:
Entarisi ala Benziyor
I Got a Robe
Randolph-Macon College Alma Mater
... in the Dolmabahce Palace we met again with Tez and walk next to the Bosphorus (is the river that separates Asia with Europe) in direction to the Sultanahmet, this is where most tourist attractions are, in the way there we had a snack, we ate a Gyro meal, including fries and drink for 12 TL, but the food wasn’t worth the price. We crossed the Galata Bridge, this is the bridge that unites the Sultanahmet and Taksim, besides you can find there plenty of fishermen all ...
... to denounce Prince Mustafa, Süleyman's son and heir to the throne, as mastermind of an army plot to dethrone the sultan.
Süleyman had Mustafa beheaded, which allowed Roxelana's son Prince Selim, an incompetent drunkard interested only in the pleasures of the harem, to succeed to the throne.
Roxelana died in 1558, but her son Selim the Sot (1566-1574) did ascend to the throne upon Süleyman's death. Selim's reign is considered the end of the ...