Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... of my legs and rub my inner thighs I started to get very worried indeed. At one point he hustled me onto a rug on the marble and gave me a semi-painful massage, where he made me use an upside down water container of all things as a pillow which was very uncomfortable and awkward on my neck. Throughout my legs and feet kept touching the extremely hot marble surface. In fact, throughout the whole experience I was trying my best not to laugh out loud as I found the situation so funny ...
... We thought there was more colour than just blue. There is a huge central prayers space - men only. Woman pray in the cornered off side sections. Some were praying, others were on their mobile phones. The mosque was constructed in 1606 and took ten years; the plan was to rival the grandeur of the nearby Aya Sofya. The exterior is certainly more impressive with its curves and minarets but in our opinion the interior beauty cannot surpass that of the Aya Sofya. Oh and it smelt ...
... rest before heading back through the Grand Bazaar towards the old town center. Kev managed to find himself a very affordable Chelsea Football shirt. Once back amongst the main area of the old town we decided to visit one of the largest aqueducts located in Turkey. Boy are we glad we did visit it. The aqueducts were originally built by the Romans when they occupied much of Turkey during their reign. Once the Roman empire fell the Turkish people were lucky enough to inherit ...
... explore the town. Our plan was too see all the major sights of the old town first and then to go the Grand Bazaar to buy our souvenirs. We wanted to be home before dark as we have been warned to be more careful in Turkey than we have been in other countries due to the many devout Muslims in the area and their different customs. Plus we intentionally wore clothing that covered our necklines, shoulders etc. To start with we walked along the street from our hotel past lots of ...
... temple was also there own private bank. What they would do was give their money and gold to the temple in Egypt, then get a slip of paper and withdraw in when the got to Ephesus to save loosing it in the sea or to pirates. Ephesus was pretty spectacular to see and heaps of it has been restored and uncovered, I'm mean its still a ruin but it was really cool having some of the buildings rebuilt so you could get an idea of how the town must have looked like. St John ...
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