Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul
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... with the sights and sounds of East Istanbul we experienced the previous evening.
The next day our organized tour included three of the major historical sites in Istanbul. The first was the Blue Mosque. I was not sure what to expect as I had been hearing about the Blue Mosque from LInda for that last 30 years. An expectation had been created but I was not sure what to expect....what ever it was, it was certainly supposed to be "blue". After a 45 minute line we ...
... a child across her arms, the smell is pretty tough. Right, it wasn't too long before he needed a change of diaper. She never got up despite me asking her if she wanted to. Multiple times. Oh, have I mentioned that the plane was unbelievably hot? Not sure what the issue with the AC was but it was HOT! Needless to say, it was a very long 6 hour flight.
We finally arrived at Kilimanjaro airport at 1 am and were very happy to get off the plane!
... Party favours. Coffee (the smell just superb and people line up to buy freshly roasted and ground coffee from an open window). Baklava (Andrew now a convert). Genuine fake goods. Phone gadgets. Leeches! Yep. You can buy your own from the leech seller and then you can do your own blood cleansing, wound healing... :-)
After 5 hours in amongst the stalls and crowds at both bazaars, our feet were exhausted and we again headed to the tea café by the sea.
... and Mandy completely crashed out, while Steve, unable to shake Mandy from her slumber, headed to a nearby rooftop bar to enjoy the view across the Bosphorous and write up today's blog. A belly dancer turned up and saw the best looking guy in the room and invited Steve up to shake his booty. Steve, being the shy, retiring guy that he is, took about a nano second to jump up and impress the 20 year old backpackers with his belly dancing expertise and sly moves.
... and that the congregation faces towards Mecca. I feel sorry for people with OCD because they have to deal with the fact that it is not always centered in the mosque’s design. Dr. Ryder seemed to having a field day with photos while we were there as he made people nonchalantly stand together so that he may take a picture of their feet.
The next site we visited was the Topkapi Palace. In Turkish, it is called the ...