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Many communal dishes I had included a soft and spicy aubergine with a smoky aftertaste. An aubergine is grilled and smoked until the skin is charred black. The skin is then peeled off and the soft inside part scraped out and garlic and spices are added. Simply delicious and it also has an amazing smoky aftertaste.
My Mum likes halva. And I mean really likes it. Whenever she goes to the part of north London with ...
So today I finally started the long trip home. All went well with final packing, checking out, getting to the airport and checking in. Then we spent 40 mins sitting in the plane waiting for it to take off. I had booked an airport hotel in Istanbul as I am flying out tomorrow. The free shuttle to the hotel took nearly an hour to arrive. The hotel is actually a conference complex. ...
... base of a couple of columns at the far corner away from the entrance. The Basilica Cistern was actually featured in the James Bond film 'From Russia with Love'. From the road the aqueduct entrance is an old run down building and then you walk down a few steps and the site is amazing. We are so glad we got to see this. After our eventful day we decided to visit our favourite kebab store from our first day and ordered some more traditional Turkish cuisine. We enjoyed a local ...
... of a big park that is surrounded my massive walls and the street with the shops on it backed on to this wall, so we just had to follow it until we found a gate. The park itself was really lovely: lots of winding paths, little statues everywhere, patterned flower beds and lots of grass which is nice in the middle of the city. The main pathway though must double as a road for the diplomats or something because twice we had to rush out of the way of fleets of fancy cars with flags ...
... quakes, so it's a ruin, and the mosque down the road recycled a lot of the materials from it a few hundred years ago, but his tomb is still well and truly there. In the mid morning we took off to Pamukkale, which means cotton castle. It's named that because of the hot springs that are full of sodium bicarbonate that has formed this massive white chalky mountain with natural hot pools in it. We walked up and it felt like I was walking on the moon. Hard to describe ...
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