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I don't count my first day's outing, which was just to Taksim square on the Metro, and a walk down Istiklal Street ( one of the main shopping streets off Taksim) Taksim was just a big empty square with a park/gardens in the middle, and nothing really special, and shops are just shops.
No, my first bite of the elephant that is Istanbul was a 3 section trip to the Sultanahmet area, where the palaces and great ancient churches and mosques that Istanbul is famous ...
... people watching. Families, couples, and few solo travelers, tourists and locals, poor and rich, all seem to come together to see two of humanity's finest monuments in the glow of the evening sun. Of course, such evenings wouldn't be complete without the realities of life smacking you in your face. A small boy of about ten came and sat behind me on my bench. He asks me where I was from. I say India, in the hope that he will probably spare me the sob story. His face ...
... act of generosity, took off her own woollen poncho and wrapped it round the baby. Next stop, she stepped off into cold heavy rain - it was only five degrees and windy - and set off with her friend, who shared her scarf against the weather.
Sadly, the postscript to this selfless story is not so great. The Gypsy mother watched the kind girl step off, ...
... the same - the original Turkish kebab isn't the kebab I've grown addicted to. It's a bit like the sad reality of Turkish baklava - somehow, I prefer the imitation more than the original!
I can't say that I'm actually disappointed with the Turkish kebabs, because it's impossible to conclude that they are either better or worse than the varieties that have spread throughout the World. The only possible conclusion is that they are simply ...
... was fresh and lovely, so my sea bass was $7.50. Didn't have any booze though, so we were stuck with coke and mixed fruit fizzy stuff. We had to have a lecture from Mads about how many fish had died so that we could eat them. She is so kind hearted, and also a bit brainwashed by the Eco warriors at her school. She still managed to order calamari though. I hope she never meets an octopus in person! Thoroughly upset Maddie my ...
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