Holiday Inn Istanbul-Sisli
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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... as the only thing left was the foundations.) At this site there were an unbelievable number of buses and people. It was packed.
We had lunch at a Turkish Art Co-op which specialized in the production of jewelry and carpets. The food was not only delicious it was also free. Apparent the costs are recouped from the sale of the art products.
Sandy here: As Steve said the food at lunch was delicious but the old saying “there is no such thing as a free lunch” is true. ...
... but now there is also corn and thankfully some vineyards. Every country we have visited on our trip to date ( except Holland – Gerri & Corrie please correct SG if she is wrong ) produces wine and we have dutifully sampled it.
*We asked at the Turkish border if there was any vignette payable. Answer negative. However as we come to a major motorway with electronic cameras and barriers but NO toll booths, we sense a problem exists. Turning back ...
... comfortable tour bus, that we'll use tomorrow when we leave for Ankara.
Our first stop and actually where the walking tour started was the ancient Roman hippodrome where chariot races were held, almost nothing remains of this race track, there are a few monuments, obelisks, brought from Egypt at different times during the Byzantine and Ottoman periods, but not much more; however, Hagia Sophia, the Blue ...
... increased in that time frame, although we also learned that it was a special weekend for Turks due to a public holiday for elections, and we were in Istanbul just before the start of the Tulip Festival. The city was festooned with tulips in every green area--parks, squares, road medians. The Ottoman rulers loved tulips and had them planted all over the city, and tulips have become a symbol of Turkey. Istanbul's 12 million tulips bloom in late March and early ...
... of it. Oscar took us to the far west side and showed us the two medusa head columns. Medusa's head is said to be turned sideways to stop her from being able to use her powerful glare to turn men to stone, but a more practical explanation is that the column bottom fit better turned that way. We were only able to enjoy a short period of time in the cistern, but found out some interesting facts nonetheless.
Our next and last ...