Hotel Grand Star
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
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It was a leisurely start to the day. We only had two tasks on the agenda for today....visit the Mosque of Suleyman and the Spice Market. The Mosque of Suleyman was built in the 1500's by Turkey's greatest architect, Mimar Sinan. It almost outshines the Blue Mosque in its size, architecture and design. The interior is done in pastels in contrast to the blue tile work of the Blue Mosque. ...
... s a winner but, time will tell...
We then thought it was time to see the sunset, so we raced down to the Galata Bridge in time to see our wonderful big star slip behind the city. We missed the sunset, but Mandy still got some cracking snaps with perfect dusk light. It was our last night in Turkey so we wanted to get some authentic food and we finally found what looked like a top spot. The waiters couldn't speak any English ...
... young man, Ramazan, aka Rambo. He guaranteed we would like our meal, that they were a new restaurant, that he and his uncle were just trying to help them out by sending business their way, and that they had lovely soft music playing. And they did have a man with a great voice playing the guitar, doing Antonio Carlos Joabim stuff, very mellow, very good. Dinner at ipekyOlu was wonderful. My lamb brochette was delicious and tender, as was Susan’s Kofte Kebab. ...
... the Basilica Cistern.The Basilica Cistern is an enormous underground cistern built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian (527-565). It is 140m in length,70m in width and supported by 336 marble columns 9m high in twelve rows. It has a capacity of 100,000 tons of water storage. Waterproofing is made possible by thick layers of Khorasan mortar .
The Cistern has under gone restoration many times. In 1985-87 50,000 tons of mud was taken ...
... Lone Pine, a strategic ridge for both sides;
here is Nek, only the size of a tennis court but the scene of a great battle;
to your right is Shrapnel Gully, leading up to the top of the ridge;
up on this hill is Chanuk Bair, the New Zealanders held the ridge for only 48 hours but that’s the site of their memorial overlooking Anzac Cove, and the site of a statue of Ataturk and stories about him.
over this side of the ...