Grand Hotel Gaziantep
Travel Blogs from Gaziantep
... quickly removed mosaics from those areas. In another instance, the mosaic was already underwater, lost forever, until a change in water flow exposed it and archaeologists swooped in to rescue it before the area was submerged again, The stories about excavation of the site in the face of imminent flood destruction were fascinating, though the real belles of the ball were of course the mosaics.
The museum is ...
... mystical! She reminds my of that iconic National Geographic photo of the Afghani woman. I assume there’s no photos allowed here, so I just spend the time admiring her (photos allowed in the museum with no flash).
On to the hotel, which is very different from our Istanbul experience. It’s very modern, something Frank-Lloyd-Wright-ish about the style- an open design with dark wood beams. We settle in and then have dinner on the roof- ...
... mostly appeared that he was suspicious of our intentions to go in and did not believe our occupations.
Basically it came down to the fact that we said we had been living in Ireland before the trip as if you have been living in a country with no Syrian embassy then you can get a visa at the border. Had we told him we were living in London, then he would have retorted that we should have got a visa from there, which we couldnt do as our Indian and Iranian ...
... A few more explorations around Istanbul and as was the case our first time around, there were more happier people to be found so we soaked up the street and market hospitality like a dead man in the desert. Anyone who smiled or talked to us drew us in like moths to a flame. We were putty in their hands. You smiled! Wow! We should have stayed in Istanbul. Not Asian or African hospitality mind you, but we took what we could get after a month ...
... s easy to like.
History: the usual suspects washed thru - Iskander, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs (638), Seljuks(1070), Ottomans (Selim the Grim in1516) - but a unique C20 moment came when a valiant local uprising threw out the French occupiers in 1920/1. To honour this heroic event the epithet "Gazi" (= "war hero") was added to the city's former name of Antep in 1973.
I like this town - must return one day to see the new mosaic museum.
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center