Gezi Hotel Bosphorus
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Airport Transportation
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... them farewell as they headed for Italy. Although we frequently avoid the iconic tourist destinations in our travels, no Eiffel Tower in Paris, no gondolas in Venice, we found our first stop to be the Grand Bazaar, perhaps the most famous shopping venue on the planet. Significantly more upscale than we anticipated, we escaped without a purchase.
On the way to our ...
... into their shops, but always do it in such a friendly way that you can't possibly be rude to them. It is a hard sell all the way. Even when you agree to buy something, the salesman (yes, they're always men) will try to persuade you to buy something more. They never let up, but they are always very nice about it and it's easy to joke with them. Every few metres you walk, both inside the market and on the streets, there are salesmen trying to flog ...
At the shop we saw a woman making a carpet that would take over a year, and would sell for around a thousand dollars. I think this was supposed to make us greedy for a carpet, in the knowledge that a week of our work could command a year of the woman's -- but in fact it made us feel sorry for the woman. We began to suspect that we were not very good customers.
Then we were led to the basement, given apple tea, ...
... is quite a magnificent city, which appears to be very clean and having lots of very nice cars. The city dwellings are largely multi-storey apartments, however there are clearly also a lot of very nice detached houses. There are clearly a lot of wealthy people living in Istanbul.
Approximately 80% of the population is Muslim, while the balance are largely Christian and Jewish. They make a strong point of the fact that these religions co-exist ...
... the inside would be full of people. Unlike in Christianity or Judaism, someone does not necessarily 'belong' to a certain mosque; if you hear the call to prayer and you are among the 7% of Turks who pray daily (and not just on Friday) then you can go to any of the 2000-3000 mosques in Istanbul to pray. This place is ...