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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Up and off early to visit Dolmabache Palace and for a day of riding the trams after yesterday's trekking. First lesson - always check the days attractions are closed. We knew Tuesdays and Thursdays are common "closed" days, but we and a steady stream of tourists were caught out yesterday at Dolmabache Palace! Never mind. Enjoyed to spot a small pod of dolphins in front of ...
... a new one was needed, the old one was sent to Istanbul as a gift.
The place is crowded, roads clogged with tourist buses, taxis and people!
Right on the top of the hill, or 9 metres under it, is the 7th
century water supply, the Basilica cistern. Built using old columns from Roman and Greek ruins, high domed brick ceilings. Still with 50 cm of water in it and dripping through from
groundwater above, a huge cavern. Carp ...
... in Turkish until I told them, "çok az Türkçe" (choke ahs toor-chay, very little Turkish). Even though I am a tourist, it is much more agreeable to be treated as a local. The shopkeeper that I bought the peaches from did that, and we went back and forth with as many gestures and Turkish snippets as I could about my flexible tripod -- he liked talking about it so much he gave me 20% off :)
After Üsküdar, I took a ferry back to the European ...
... Quite small and not what I expected at all. Although Steve seems to remember going with conkiti and there being more spice shops back then. However, we did get to see a house made of Turkish delight. Decided to try the local street kebab and it was pretty basic and not what I remember at all but it did only cost £1.
On the way back to the hostel we discovered we could go into the mausoleum in our outfits. So in we go and look at many ...
... my bag.
The trip was uneventful, I took a couple of the travel sick pills and managed to get about 7 hours sleep which I was very happy about. Although its still in my system and I am totally shagged still after landing 4 hours ago.
I changed some money at the airport for the local stuff and $1 equals about 1.70 in their money, they also use Euro, I guess I will work it out eventually.
The tour company met me out front, the guys only English ...