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... excited for the day or not adjusted to time zone.
Karpali Carsi – Grand Bazaar: Wowwwwww. The color is big. The bazaar is big. The reputation is intimidating but I had been looking forward to our excursion here for weeks! Despite horrid stories of pressure sales and difficult negotiations, I found our buying experience very nice (or maybe I am a better negotiator than I think)! A walk in the old bazaar showed us that we’ll need to ...
... are sitting in pits, but actually the ground level is 4m higher than in the past due to other parts of the hill being levelled for the Blue Mosque site. But these days the only racing is probably done by the cops who drive along on those Segway things, it looks quite funny.
Someone asked about the seats at the hippodrome and at the time of the crusaders they were all taken down, the stones being cannibalised to build Catholic churches around the city. ...
... it is forbidden to swim in – looked pretty inviting but would have been a bit too hot for us. We then headed to Ihlara Valley, a beautiful valley oasis full of trees and a nice river – we also enjoyed lunch here. Selime was our next stop, this is where they filmed some of Star Wars – hard for us to tell as there were no Storm Troopers around. Our final two stops were a place where they made jewellery ...
... tired. We went back to the hostel..where we had a 14 bed room. My bad. Zach was miserable and freaking out. Hahaha Our hostel was awesome though. There was a rooftop bar that overlooked the ocean and played country music. Zach was a bit more relaxed up there.
The next day we toured around Istanbul. We did everything I did with Jared. We went to the Blue Mosque (Zach didn't feel a desire to enter), the Grand Bazaar, the Asian Side, and we ...
2. Day 1: Met our friendly tour guide who took us to see the famous Hagia Sofia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace. The combination of eastern and western cultures is very interesting here. A prime example is the Hagia Sofia, originally built as a Greek Orthodox church, converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire, and then ...
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