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... taxis, order food and make limited small talk with the locals (not that the locals are limited).
We have even had the opportunity to sample the delights of the Turkish medical system. Sarah was taken ill (shivering, fever, that sort of thing). We (the guy that leads the church we are part of over here and Graham) took her to the local hospital where they took various bodily fluids from her and then replaced them by putting her on a drip into her ...
... all, and the people who remain are mostly elderly people coughing up nuclear waste while trying to look after their almost invariably physically deformed grandchildren. Most middle-age adults have either died of alcoholism or drug abuse or gone to work illegally in other parts of the country (it is illegal for them to leave their “autonomous republic” without permission). I did not see a single person who looked healthy ...
... dating back to 1584...so, when presented with the opportunity again - I say, "hell ya!" It was as good as last time - for the most part. Mom was just in the middle of her scrub down when a group of women came into the hamam with their tamborines and drums and then proceeded to belly dance on our marble platform! That didn't happen last year, so perhaps it was some sort of party or special event of some sort for that group.
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... Ottoman Empire, the impressive bridges connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul and mansions of the Turkish rich and famous. The boat stopped on the Asian side of the Bosphorus where we got to try local Turkish yogurt and then again stopped at Maidens Tower, which was used to tax ships coming into the Bosphorus.
When we got off the cruise, we stopped in at the Grand Bazaar which is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It was ...
... I walked through a line of restaurants on the double-decker bridge joining the old town and new town. The upper deck is where most people walked and where hundreds of fishermen sat, and the lower deck housed restaurants. Silly me just wanted to stroll along the lower deck. I had to stop at each restaurant to listen to obnoxious waiters give me their spiel, not letting me pass. It was only 4pm, of course I wasn’t hungry, yet. The final waiter at the end of a line of ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking