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... cobble stone streets being harassed by carpet hawkers and would-be tour guides. It all got too much for me. We had lunch in a little café called “The Romantic Café”, where I was able to order a good, wholesome salad. We were told our room would be ready by 11, but when we went back at 11.15 'Basil' said it will be another 10 minutes. Eventually we got in around midday. They definitely work on 'Turkish' time ...
... there's a large family checking in as we arrive. The nice eastern european lady at the desk finally gets us checked in, answers some questions about tours, and shows us a map of the area.
Once we get settled in, we go in search of a Turkcell from which to purchase a sim card.
That proves to be a ridiculous exercise, during which we get shanghai'd by our first carpet merchant before finally finding ...
... the building's turkish hamman and so I had a good bath, hammam and sauna while Philippe was playing upstairs.
The evening came quickly and Ozgur took us out in the street of Istanbul for diner. He showed us around, explaining to us on the way what we were seeing.
The streets were PACKED with people, thousands and thousands of people walking, playing music, dancing in groups, eating, music was bursting out of bars and ...
... underground water reservoir also from the 6th century. It is built with Ionian and Corinthian columns sourced from whatever (now pagan) temples they could find. As a consequence it is very eerie - like a huge underground temple made even more surreal by the fish swimming in the shallow water that is left in almost darkness.
Now we are waiting at the Sultan Hostel having a beer and waiting for our bus to leave for Gallipoli. Next entry - Anzac Day.
... decided we'd had enough! You could pay extra to go into the harem which would have been interesting, but we were over it by then!
We had lunch at Balkan Lokantasi, which is like a local cafeteria or ‘tradesmen’s restaurant). A pile of pre-made home-style dishes sit on a counter, and you point at what you want. It was tasty and so cheap.
We walked through I'm sure was only a tiny portion of the Grand bazaar with its 21 gates, 17 inns, 66 streets, 4000 ...