Hotel Grand Washington
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
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- Airport Transportation
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... back to the bus to return to the hotel. Fascinating watching the driving, etc - not quite as bad as India, but drive on right hand side. Saw a number of men wheeling large trolleys loaded with boxes of goods for shops up and down a couple of steep hills (even along the tram lines). Back to the Titanic for a bbq (buffet - such as it was), then an early night ready for tomorrow when we leave ...
... of Turkish carpets on loan from a Budapest museum.
The city also has several other historic landmarks. We rode the lift to the top of the Galata Tower, a 14th-centurey structure that was both a religious emblem and a watchtower.
As I mentioned earlier, busnesses can now more easily do what used to be the pervue of religions. And Istanbul has not been immune from the call of capitalism. We visited Taksim Square, where Istanbul's modern retail is rooted. ...
... is done. People were praying as a steady line of tourists walked through. We ate in a cafe with a window full of pastries and chocolates, another day we had sandwiches and a chocolate fondue, YUM.
Then we had to go to the Grand Bazaar, it's one of the oldest and biggest covered shopping areas. There are more then 3000 shops in there, lots of them however are selling the same thing. It was a rainy afternoon so it ...
... twist on an American-style amusement park (someone had clearly done their homework). The park was brand new and seemed completely empty - there were no lines for any of the rides. One of the indoor rides recounted some part of Turkish history with animatronics. Even though we couldn't understand a word the automated narrator was saying in his deep echoing voice, it became clear pretty quickly that the white European crusaders were the bad guys in this story. ...
... guy crossed out 55 and wrote 50. I hadn't even realised it was up for negotiation.
The highlight of today was going for a walk around Kadikoy this afternoon. We wandered over to the waterfront and followed the walking path around its perimeter for a while. There were a few stray dogs lying about on the grass, a bajillion stray cats and a few locals ...
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