Grand Oztanik Hotel
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... from the Emerald Princess was beautiful. Mike and Jean joined us at dinner, after a very long journey from Chicago. The ship left Istanbul at 11pm, which was fun to see. Patricia and Steve were told that Princess Cruises are pulling out of Istanbul due to security concerns. We are on the final Princess ship to tour ...
... and is known as one of the world's architectural wonders. Besides the fact that is it so beautiful, the museum is being restored and renovated as it was originally build on a rubbish tip and for years now it has been sinking. They have had to build multiple buttresses to support the whole building and you will see from the photos some of the columns are leaning and the arches are not the lovely arches we know because of the ...
... some definite personalities in our group, one lady who was travelling with her sister, was, I am sure slightly mentally disabled, not enough to be very obvious (or even certain that was the case) but enough to be a bit lenient in not telling her to pull her head in because she was driving everyone nuts! She was constantly asking very odd repetitive questions of the tour guide, for instance every time the size of Istanbul was mentioned she would say, but what is the biggest ...
... take in with one visit. On the other hand, gold was very
widely used to decorate the Ottoman sultans former home, the Topkapi
Palace, including the Harem for 400 concubines which we were able to
wander through. That didn't include the eunuchs. The Hagia Sophia
(St Sophia) is now a museum and unfortunately half of it was filled
with scaffolding for restoration work so we couldn't get to feel the
size of it. It is interesting because it has ...
... as the Turkish Versailles with its 4.5 tonne chandelier! (more pics) Caught funicular up to Taksim Square and walked down thru busy mall to the Galatia Bridge where we caught the tram back to our side of the Bosphorus.
Thoroughly enjoyed our time in Istanbul.