Holiday Inn Istanbul-Sisli
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... for our couple hour long cruise. Unfortunately as we should have remembered from our time sailing the Dalmatian Coast together, the temperature on the water is a good bit colder than it is on land so after a few minutes on the top deck we decided it would be better to enjoy the sights from the enclosed lower area instead. It was really neat to see the two shorelines of Istanbul from the water and our cruise provided a really nice vantage point to observe several ...
... blue tiles inside. There were also many large chandelier style lights hanging from the ceiling. We had to cover up with a headscarf, but not the full job like in Iran Next stop was the Topkapi Palace, a residential complex from the Ottoman era, with a waterfront location. The buildings housed a variety of museums - jewellery, Koran, bits of the prophet Mohammed's beard, the staff belonging to Moses, etc. The next place was the Hagia Sophia (variety of spellings ...
... need to buy spices like most of the people and it was fairly small. We walked through the tiny streets surrounding it (I swear half of Istanbul are tiny pedestrian streets filled with clothing stores and stands) and came our near the river and got tea at a cafe and talked for ages and ages. After that we went down to the floating fish sandwich stalls which were packed and ate them on these steps. They were delicious. We sat ...
... cove on the way back!!! Once at Anzac cove we set up in the stands and pulled an all nighter - watching the many documentaries of WW1 and the history of the ANZAC's. The movie Gallipoli with Mel Gibson is not as accurate as we were led to believe in grade 2! The dawn service was very moving and a once in a lifetime experience - I recommend to everyone - particularly the Australian service at lone pine. We got home late that night and crashed with everyone delirious after ...
... sites there were this gorgeous white tree in the second courtyard with white flowers around it, seeing Moses' wooden staff, and having some Turkish coffee by the Bosphorus River at the restaurant at the third courtyard. The Topkapi Palace has a total of three main courtyards, each progressively becoming more detailed and private. This palace housed thousands of people who were connected with the Sultan and his family and, therefore, needed the large space in which the ...