Laleli Gonen Hotel
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... desire to assume the role of a new Ottoman Empire.
With all of that, Turkey remains a fascinating, complex, attractive country. Politics aside, you still see secular and religious Turks walking arm in arm on the street, and it is common in Istanbul to see stylishly dressed women talking with men in traditional clothing. To me, this is a very healthy part of Turkey, and I hope that it continues to be so.
On next to Gobekkli Tepe, the cause of this whole ...
... where are they. We rang again and spoke to someone who spoke excellent English, he confirmed the truck was on it's way from Istanbul, we then had a conference call with the truck driver. He confirmed he was about half an hour away.
The restaurant had closed and it was dark before he arrive, another hour and a quarter had passed, but we were pleased to see him. We had been in this car park for 8 hours!
It didn't take long to load Dream Catcher up on to ...
... on, celebrating the music and dancing of a very random selection of countries - Turkey (of course), all the 'stans, (Paki, Uzbeki, Kazakh…) plus Columbia, Sierra Leone, Indonesia to name but a few. The dancing was fabulous, it was a shame the singing wasn't better…we were embarrassed for Pakistan!
The food is plentiful and rich. Real Turkish kebabs are made with fresh meat and are served piping hot with delicious roasted vegetables and rice, ...
... came, they were great. Mine was topped with a thin layer of spicy mince and had a really crispy base due to being stone baked.
I didn't have any plans for today and Faraz and Ola seemed to be equally laid back about how the day panned out, so we decided to take a stroll towards Taksim square. Initially, our walk took us along the Golden Horn, past the array of street food vendors down there. It was a shame that we had just eaten, as there ...
... full, a beautiful evening. Soon the big mosques came into view. For our last leg, we hopped on the tram for 10 minutes to the Sultanahmet stop.
It felt good to be back. The smells, the sounds made anxious to explore again. Dave whisked me through the crowds and down some narrow streets to our spacious apartment. Not until I saw the bed did I realize how tired I was.
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