Hotel Sultan Hill
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THE WALK TO THE BUS STOP
Well…..to get from our hostel to the bus stop we had to walk
with our bags about 1.5km through the
centre of Taksim. Little did we know what we were getting ourselves in to. We
had heard that there would be a gay pride parade, but this was less like a
parade and more like a riot. 10’s of thousands of people filled Taksim Square
and the surrounding side streets. Here we were, 6 people, all ...
... by and lazily smoking the nargile, which is their hookah. It seemed like an ideal thing to do on the last evening in Istanbul. So, I headed out to the Sultanahmet area, and found an ideal place - quiet and right behind the Blue Mosque. So, I ordered some food and the nargile and settled down for an quiet evening. I did miss having someone to share that evening - not romantically - just a friend or companion to share the smoke and the moment ...
... like I was just a coat hanger to him. Hard life being a Traditional Turkish Costume model. The photos we got were definitely worth it though, I still crack up every time I see them.
Next on the Itinerary was the Blue Mosque.
We went into the courtyard just as the call to prayer finished and waited in line for around half an hour. It was definitely worth the wait; inside it was incredibly ornate and very well detailed. I had the same feeling I always get ...
... for about 15 minutes on the Göbektaşi, a large hexagon heated marble slab in the middle of the Hamam, to relax and soften our skin. The strong, hairy Turkish bathing attendant then moved us back to the Kurna where he vigorously exfoliated our bodies with a special scrubbing mitten, and after rinsing us, started the Köpük, a bubbly soap wash. After one final rinse, we were dried off and escorted to the relaxation lounge where we enjoyed some water and tea. ...
... We hit the tourist shops and quickly purchased a genuine Paul' smith shirt for Marta nd a a super dry shirt for Sami, the real super dry that is. The takins wanted 50 of our hard earned euro so we we opted for the local bus at 8 Turkish lire, about $5 aud, for the family. Ladies beach is north of kasadusi and about 20 minutes in the ...