Topkapi Inter Istanbul Hotel
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... we just needed to walk down the lane way about 30 metres and there would be our hotel! Eugene gave him the agreed amount about $12 and we walked and walked - no Manasol Galata Hotel in sight! Then the heavens opened and in fear of being saturated we found refuge in a bar. After a couple of drinks, unclear directions from the barman, a new found fortitude and our rain gear we headed forth across the cobblestones with suitcases in tow! We walked and walked ...
... lizard onto the antique tiles, and I was struck by the revelation that whereas the numerous cats of the old City were clearly the stalking spirits of the Sultans, this here was none other than a Basileus resurrected, more ancient and imponderable still!
I dragged myself back to 2014 and my waiting wife, and soon we joined the queueing throng of traffic, and we crossed the Bosphorus into Asia. Slán a Eoraip! Salaam Anatolia!
... here until his death in 1481. Subsequent sultans lived in this rarefied environment until the 19th century, when they moved to ostentatious European-style palaces such as Dolmabahçe, Çırağan and Yıldız that they built on the shores of the Bosphorus. Mahmut II was the last sultan to live in Topkapı.
As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction ...
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- Turkey is not wheelchair friendly. Too many stairs and cobblestone streets.
- The locals tend to be shorter than average (I felt quite at home here!)
- We learned that girls wear whatever they want until they’re 12 and then they must conform to the traditional Turkish dress code if they’re raised that way.
... palace and the different sultans of Turkey. He told us about ancient Istanbul, how it used be called Constantinople. It is an amazing complex of gardens and different buildings. Some of them were full of old arms and armor, some had jewels and some had clothes. One was a resting place for the Sultan, and another was a place for him to meet with foreign ambassadors. The sultans had a great view of the Sea of Marmara and also the golden horn. What ...