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... known as the Circumcision Room (built in 1640), was empty as we stepped in. It is known for rare specimens of Ottoman tiles.
We made our way toward the Harem, stopping into the Imperial Counsel chamber on the way, another glitzy room with colorful walls and ceilings.
As we made our way into the harem, which contain the apartments for the Sultan, his mother and crown prince, we began ...
On my second day in Istanbul, I skipped breakfast, as there was only one thing on my culinary agenda today - kebabs! Having not had a kebab on my first day in Istanbul, I was keen to start making a dent in the substantial list of kebabs that I wanted to try before I left. An early lunch would be the order of the day, but first, a trip to the iconic Blue Mosque.
I took a similar route to the previous morning, past the fishermen on the bridge, past the street ...
... the jewels, what isn't excessive at a palace? Speaking of jewels, we nearly went blind today looking at an 86-carat monster. It is called "the Spoonmaker's Diamond" because it was found in the dirt and then purchased on the street for 3 spoons. When the sultan learned about the diamond, he called dibs and the rest is history. The rules of "finder's, keeper's" do not apply when playing against the sultan. ... We are still drooling over ...
... off to the outer provinces to get some real life experience, which seems really important, given how isolated the inner, inner court is from anything else in the world.
4. Meet-up with friends- in the palace! We had just entered the Harem, and I was (of course!) looking up at the ceilings, and heard Nate say, "Oh, hi guys!" From his tone of voice, I could tell this was a greeting to a known friend, not a kind stranger... but who on earth do we know ...
... They even made it shorter to fit!!! Turks would love it back but Germans not budging as it was a German archeologist who found it - finders keepers!
Next stop some lunch - then off to Troy.
Just south of Canakkale the archeologists have found that it actually has been layer upon layer ( a bit like Sarah Lee) over the many centuries. There have been about 7 Troys - commencing back 4500 -5000 BC. Many reasons for the abandonment then re establishment - each ...
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