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... check the Grand Bazaar off our list so from there we moved on to another Turkish experience that was an absolute must on our trip. A vigorous scrub down at an ancient Hamam or Turkish Bath. Originally we had planned for a sort of semi-luxurious half spa massage and half Turkish Bath experience at our hotel but they were completely booked so we instead decided to go all in and head to one of the oldest Hamam’s in Istanbul, the Suleyamaniye Hamam. Built in 1557 this ...
... Ephesus - so looking forward to it. Steve is so excited about going there - the highlight of his trip. Till then hope you are all well and happy!
Arrived in the port of Kusadasi, the gateway to Ephesus.
We were met on the pier by our tour guide who was holding up a notice with our name on it.
He directed us to a mini bus with a driver where we were the sole guests. Driving through the town he introduced himself and gave us some of his personal history about ...
... were a few typically bogan Australians and New Zealanders there who managed to miss the entire point of why Gallipoli is so important, at one point refusing to get off the bus to visit a statue of a Turkish soldier carrying a wounded ANZAC back to allied trenches. Disappointing, but unfortunately I wasn't at all surprised. The day itself is long and tiring, but the opportunity to actually jump in and walk through the ...
... they offered water pipes (hookah/shisha) - we tried a strawberry flavoured one. It was an experience unlike anything we've done before but we concluded that it was overrated. (See pics) I don't think there was tobacco or other noxious drugs in it.
Back to the hotel for a quick shower and tram to Taksim Square to meet Ahmet and Muge. From Taksim, Muge drove us north along the Bosphorus (the road was lined with luxury hotels like the Shangrila, Four Seasons and others converted from ...
... about 10 minutes while I try and perfect shooting backlighting is not the best way to remain inconspicuous. Random happenings: - Sometimes you just have a bad food day when traveling....some days you win, others days you smell a combination of fish and charcoal while drinking million year old orange juice and paying twice the street value whilst a cat menaces to pounce on the dirty chicken bones beneath your feet. At least the rooftop view was worth it??? - My ...