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... table tennis table, a weird (not sure I would call art) video of a lady singing and reading to corpses in a morgue, a history lesson where you could sketch pictures from the school desks, and a record player where there were a choice of different records that had been cut in half that you could then play on the turntable. Weird but interesting!
We got to the dervish hall to queue nice and early to make sure we got good seats, which we did. Front row!! The ceremony ...
... weren't in the right frame of mind or even prepared to be there. The salesmen are ruthless. I can usually handle myself pretty well but I think the combination of being tired and coming from a very friendly country led to us getting sucked in by too many of them. They'd start with something like, "Where are you from?" and we just sort of felt like we had to answer. Once you do that, you're done for. They walk alongside you and just keep pushing you to go to ...
... empires, including the Romans and Ottoman Empires. It is Turkeys hub for tourism, with over 35 million tourists visiting Turkey last year.
Claire was disappointed with her trip by bus this day as it took her over the suspension bridge to the Asian side of Istanbul, which took a long while to get there due to peak hour traffic. There was very little commentary, and then when they arrived they stopped at a point to take a ...
... I stayed in bed the whole of Friday and managed to get out in time for dinner with a couple we had met earlier in the week. He - German/Egyptian heritage and a doctor. She - German/Italian heritage and a lawyer. With a voice like a chainsaw, she would talk right over the top of us. All the time. Anyway, she was also allergic to sesame. That's too bad in a place like Turkey. So we all go to dinner and she takes 15 minutes to order as she has to ask ...
... or 1pm. Our first stop was the tourist centre on Orchard Road, where we were helped by a lovely young guy who gave us a free souvenir each. Next we headed to a little shopping lane called Haji Lane. Of course, nothing was open yet so we perused the surrounding streets. We stumbled across a mosque so we had a quick peek inside. We also found a delicious street-side eatery which was absolutely packed with locals - always a good sign of good, ...