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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... all of this wasn't enough, to finish off the day I went to a common hookah bar with some pals which was an experience all in itself. The place was packed with all sorts of people, from business men, to locals, well to us. It served as a giant melting pot for people to come and relax with one another after a long day in Istanbul. The artwork and fine details were all nice additions to fun times with ...
... in to pray. Cleanliness next to Godliness is no more true than it is here and is the reason why the praying area in mosques are all carpeted and carefully vacuumed in between each prayer session. Prayer times incidentally are five times a day, starting at 5am. This is because Muslim actually means "surrender to God" and by praying regularly throughout the day, they are effectively doing just that. Everyone, including us, get woken up by the ...
... people are talking about. I can't think of
anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a
country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are
five years old again. You can't read anything, you have only the most
rudimentary sense of how things work, you can't even reliably cross a
street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a
series of interesting guesses.”
... leather, rugs, etc. I guess the must do tour local tour operator has to bring all tourists here whether they want to or not. It is quite an overwhelming experience. You need to be prepared to bargain up to a least three times, part of the culture. But you get the feeling that you really have to be aware of the phrase Buyer Beware. I am sure the gold jewelry is good. But unless you find a piece you like, and are willing to do the bargain game, best to avoid it. Tonight ...
... for incoming but shared the shuttle when outgoing.
The hotel (Albinas) was very good to us. We got there about 10 am and they already had the room arranged and were quite happy to have us occupy it straight away. They invited us to have breakfast which we were pleased to do given we still had a very long day ahead of us. It may have been 10 am local time but our ...