Ontur Hotel Izmir
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... sang "Entarysi," which I was nervous about because I didn't have the music. I'll admit there were a couple parts I missed because I lost my place and we as a group sounded off pitch. I think that having all that space and people not feeling well contributed to that. "Long Time Ago," sounded a bit rough because we were flat at parts and I know I had a hard time getting my breathing timed right, but we managed to pull through. For "Sing Me to Heaven" I think we sounded nice but once ...
... we also had to negotiate the usual vendors convinced we had come just to buy their bag or pashima, post cards, Turkish delights and so on! On our way back to port we were informed we were going to stop at a leather shop – called for some reason a Leatherium– the best leather shop in the whole of Turkey of course – for a demonstration about leather. We stopped in front of an impressive building and out swarmed all the salesmen dressed in black suits ...
... for the day before running into the water. I then followed this all the way up to the Golden Horn.
This walk took ages, as I was looking for a view of the Horn but couldn't find one. At least I got a good shot in the end and for to watch some young Turkish soccer players go at it.
By the time I got back into the centre of Istanbul, I was exhausted and needed a quick break. So I headed back to the hostel, through the intense spice markets (and getting lost on the way) ...
... evident from the huge crowds, as several cruise ships were in port. Despite the heat, it was fantastic to see how much more had been reconstructed than when we'd been to Ephesus three years ago, yet we heard that only 10% of the city has been excavated. This archaeological site had some great reconstructions to explore, but we also found time for some "jingle jangle" shopping in the market outside the attraction After a delicious home cooked ...
... I Ever. It was all PG and fun and then Lauren from South Africa took it up a dramatic notch and things got interesting. Jason, an older Brittish guy, didn't quite get the concept of the game and used his go to make a confession that shocked some of the guys in our group so much they left the game and started playing pool. But that wasn't enough, and on Jason's next go he made another shocking confession that left us all discussing the validity of it for the next ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service