TripAdvisor Reviews Golhanepark Hotel Istanbul
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... or socks. (?!) .. we had a good laugh but fell right back to sleep. We maybe slept about 5 hours...plus 3 the night before so we are pretty exhausted.
Caitlin's flight arrived about an hour and a half after we landed and it was so great see her and to hug her....after checking into our hotel, we set out to explore Istanbul. Our hotel is situated in the center of the ...
... mosque but I got there In the end and was joined at the entrance by an entrepreneurial carpet salesman from the grand bazaar who took it upon himself to tell me how to get into the mosque and what I needed to do when inside. He then told me I looked American, which I told him was not a compliment and asked him politely to bugger off. I covered my head and arms and removed my shoes before heading inside the mosque. It was beautiful. The architecture of Europe is ...
... walk through many other rooms including the treasuries filled with priceless treasures, the armoury with fancy swords and rifles, a gallery with portraits of the sultans, and places like the circumcision hall covered in intricate colourful tiles. The gardens were lovely too with views across the Bosphorus and down the golden horn. There was another area filled with religious relics such as bits of the prophets beards and shroud, and soil from Medina. The place is huge and after a few ...
... it. He left and then they all came back - musicians and "Dervishes". The ritual is all about the Order's beliefs that they are here to serve - it's really quite a beautiful story. The Order was founded on the idea of love and tolerance for all. The revolving symbolizes how everything in the universe revolves - atoms, the blood in the body, the solar system. When the Dervishes revolve, their arms are extended and one hand is up and one is down. That symbolizes that what they ...
... sleep. I slept most of the morning away. I felt a bit guilty, but then again that's the joy of travelling solo. I am not accountable to anyone and I can stay an extra day or two in a place if I want to. I was already booked for another night at my hotel, so I asked them if it would be a problem to extend that, which it wasn't. Because I woke up so late I missed my complimentary breakfast, but it was close to lunch time anyway, and the best time to get moving. I walked around ...
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