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... collection purchased outside of the Middle East and have prepared Oscar to warm up his credit card when we go to the bizarre, already agreeing that 'it's ok' is code for 'I love it, buy immediately' and 'mmm maybe' is to be interpreted as 'yup I approve this purchase' in preparation for the market negotiations to bring a little of this opulent history home. But thats the thing about watching the history channel or basing your ideas on homewares....it's all about our own ...
... and ready to be destroyed are turned into a bar/pub. Even the decorations and furniture are "reclaimed." The one we visited is called Szimpla Kert and was the first of its kind. It was listed by Lonely Planet as the "3rd Best Bar in the World."
We ended the day by going to our favorite restaurant in Budapest to celebrate the last meal of a wonderful and exciting wonderful vacation! ...
... it was indeed a alley where drug dealers were to be found. I'm afraid we only had a cappuccino. Beyond the mosque we found a fantastic roof top café (see pic) where the view of the city and Bosphorus has got to be one of the best in town; tea was good too. It was also impressive as there were no railings or any edge round the upper section and 5 story drop, the benches and chairs were right up to the edge. Charlie walked behind the bench to take the picture....Annie ...
... were warm Kenny and I headed towards the door to check out the crowd and see how many people were coming to watch us. We saw a huge crowd! Butterflies were setting in! We walked into the freezing sanctuary to our eager audience and Dr. Ryder gave us our first breath que. we sang our American Spirituals and the crowd seemed to throughly enjoy them! Despite being very cold, we also had trouble hearing each other due to the acoustics of the church. Tim and Sam sang beautiful ...
... the wall just to try and feel the past. To feel marble and the wooden door that represents those years and years of humankind, of faith and of politics.
It was initially built as an Orthodox Christian basilica and was the largest cathedral in the world for 1,000 years. Interestingly,during the Ottoman conquest Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque (in like 3 days). Their takeover of Hagia Sophia was political rather ...