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... to get stuck in the alley Tom-tom showed was the way to the hotel. So I got out and took off by foot up hill and readily found our Azze hotel. A great choice near Sishane Metro stop. Dave dropped me and the luggage off at the hotel and went on his own to Ataturk Airport to return the rental car.
I busied myself with much needed clothes washing, shower and mani ...
... of various flavours and all manner of dried fruits, nuts and spices. We bought a box of mixed turkish delight (not cheap but very delicious) and some pomegranate fruit tea (also delicious). There were also other stalls selling fabrics and coloured glass and even belly dancing outfits, but I am sure there will be many more of these at the Grand Bazaar. After the spice market we carried on to the docks where ...
... one of humanity's greatest creations.
12:30 Wine - Grabbed lunch at Balikci Sabahattin, a seafood restaurant in the touristy Sultanhamet area. Food was great but wine was even better - it was nice having white wine that did not taste like a mixture of kerosene and cognac!
14:00 Hamam - Andre booked an appointment for us at the Sultanahmet Hamam. It was the super touristy, Disneyland version of a Turkish bath but it was ...
... today and we saw the beautiful Mosques and churches that reside side by side. There appears to be a certain amount of harmony between the Christians and the Muslims here. Although the Muslims far out number the Christians.
I am learning so much. Istanbul is actually a city in two continents part in Europe and part in
Asia. We ventured to the Asian side today and there is quite a difference in the type of housing ...
... for a decent enough price. Worth it? Wait until you try this tea. Haha.
We met up with Marty for dinner and went across the bridge. We ended up eating pretty late and we were all dead by the time we got back to the hostel. We had an early morning and got back to Bulgaria in the afternoon. Turkey was definitely an interesting and beautiful place! I needed way more than a weekend to explore everything in Istanbul, let alone Turkey..which means I'll be back! ...