Hotel Taksim Star
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... a good bargain. And who'd love a blonde wife. I get so much attention simply because of my hair. It's quite amusing, actually since it's really just dead cells. Anyway, it was a wonderful experience and I plan on visiting another bazaar tomorrow!
To wrap things up, I visited the Topkapi Palace and then booked myself a Turkish bath! Yes, I decided to go all out and received a Turkish bath. Traditional to Turkey, nothing ...
We were up this morning to get to the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) at 9:00am when it opened. The best thing we did was by a Museum Pass yesterday at the Mosaic Museum. With this pass we didn't have to stand in line to buy tickets and line was really, really long. We followed the tour in the Rick Steves Guidebook and it was great. Diane acted as our guide reading the sections aloud as we needed them. Aya Sofya was originally built as a church ...
... in a state of shock! Neither of us had any idea the other was here and we were both here under slightly strange circumstances. Faraz had thought that he was going to Germany, but Ola had surprised him, whilst I was here last minute and on a whim. It was pretty unbelievable that we had bumped into each other!
From the cafe, the three of us made our way up to Topkapi Palace. We paid the 25 lira for the ticket and made our way into the ...
... a bit of a miscommunication about which stop to get off at, so when we arrived at what I thought was the right one, Lena and I jumped off, and the boys followed us looking confused! Apparently we'd gotten off way too early! Oops! It was a beautiful day though, so we decided we'd go for a walk along the water for a while. After walking a bit, we passed a man walking with his shoe-shine box, who dropped one of his brushes. We called out to him, and he realised ...
... its journey to the underworld. The mummy was then smeared with liquid resin and painted with the image of the god Osiris. Then another layer of bandages would be applied before it is put into a large stone sarcophagus. A funeral would be held to mourn the deceased and it was believed that the heart would be judged by its good or bad deeds on the journey to the underworld. Another interesting artifact at the museum was the coffin of Alexander the Great. The ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility