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... of thousand young people pitted against police with tear gas, water cannons etc – the square is at the end of our street and we were told firmly not to go anywhere near it at night.
So we settled into our room, then found a small shop where we managed to find toiletries and undies for Pete – Boxers, so he’s going to look like Dan Carter? Or not? Eat your heart out, Dan Carter is my answer! Lunch was pretty much decided for us ...
... that food and drink diversions like this are very common in Turkey!
Finally, we boarded our boat, a large ferry, and headed north. The Turkish coastline is stunning: hills, trees, palaces, the remains of fortified walls, a private island, etc. Adding to the allure is that on one side is the European part of Istanbul and on the other side the Asian side of Istanbul. The water is generally cool and ...
... rid of it. Had to be the first time that had happened!
After lunch, we headed off to the Grand Bazaar. The space occupied is vast; all under one roof and sadly, appearing to become more and more westernised. There are no real bargains here. And lots of the 'exclusive goods' were being sold around the very next corner. Nevertheless, I bought a nice pair sandals for a price that I would find difficult ...
We slept ten hours and only woke when Shawn called. He came down and picked us up. We walked down the street to the Bospherus Strait and watched the huge ships plow through the small boats. The Bospherus is a major artery between the Black Sea and Marmarius Sea (sp) and very active with huge ships. We met Amanda at the ferry and rode across to the European side. We went to the Spice Market and were amazed all day. It was as ...
... Mango, Topshop and amongst them rows of Turkish delight/backlava and doner kebaps shops.
We later turned into the trendy locals hangout spot - Nevizade Sokak - dotted with restuarants, bars and strolled through the famous Balik Pazari (fish market). We choose a random, busy but classy restaurant. We are quickly shifted to a quiet table on the side street and when the food arrived,we were disappointed at the ...
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