Hotel Grand Star
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Today was our last day in Istanbul. We started the day off with a tour of the Rustem Pasha Mosque. This mosque had red in its tiles in contrast to the pure blues and greens seen in the Blue Mosque yesterday. Again, had to use pay toilets in the city, I'm glad that we don't have to pay to take a leak back home. I almost forgot, on our first full day in Istanbul I had the joy of paying to use a squatty potty for the first time. It is a bit difficult to ...
... shop. We were called out at every step we took; "spice girls" "angelina jolie" "lady gaga" "rihanna?" Yet we slowly started to change our minds. It went from being charming to damn right annoying. More on that later. At the bazaar i haggled when I bought some hand made cushion cases, harem pants, a bowl (don't how I'm getting that one home) etc. It was hard not to look in awe at the intricately woven rugs that hung from every second stall or the yummy ...
... at the exit to the attraction. A real pain in the behind! His other annoying trait was to ask questions in a way that you knew he knew the answer just so everyone knew how clever he was.....I wanted to smack him! So getting back to what we actually saw, our first visit was to Topkapi Palace, where all the Sultans of Turkey lived, the grounds were beautiful and they had some really impressive displays of jewellery etc on display, the second biggest diamond in the world ...
We have a full day ahead of us, most of our contiki are doing this tour so we get a bus and guide to ours selves aside from the old Brazilian couple who have limited English and clearly get on the wrong bus. Our first stop is the Topkapi Palace, it used to be home to one of the sultans but now is a museum that houses historic jewellery, weapons and more. We spend quite along time here, probably more than necessary but it's not too bad, next ...
... are cars and wagons speeding from one lane to another. If I was driving I think I would have got out and walked! But Les kept his calm and guided Dream Catcher through it all. Lot's of people in the traffic queues nosey at us and smile, some wave or give the thumbs up. Eventually we arrive at a car park in the city on a little quay side that allows you to park overnight( Thanks Sakar ...