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Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... the way to the ceiling, but now it has just enough to create some cool reflections and allow some big coy fish to swim around in it.
I got some cool pictures in there and then headed up the street to the Grand Bazaar. The only thing I was looking to buy was a patch for my backpack (which I found), but it was cool to just walk around in there. I’m not one for shopping, but the sheer size of this place is ...
Off down the street and across the bridge past the local fishermen we hotfoot it to the Ferry. Today we are heading to Emirgan to visit a home that has been turned into a gallery and handed over to the people of Istanbul. By boat we get to see so many of the large beautiful buildings that are along the waters edge and many of Istanbul's rich clearly favour these locations. Arriving at port we taxi it back along ...
... have withstood the test of time and been preserved. Inside, at the front of the building, the Mihrab is on the left hand side of the altar. The reason for this is that the altar which is in the centre, faces Jerusalem and is 7 degrees longitude away from Mecca, so The Mihrab is positioned off centre to point the direction to Mecca for prayer. There is a mixture of Christian and Islamic paintings on the ceilings – all equally beautiful. By now it was time for lunch ...
... of this building. Prior to entering, without shoes and with women's heads appropriately covered, Mehmet shared with us some of the history of the mosque.
After our visit to the Blue Mosque we walked a short distance to visit Hagia Sophia or "Church of Divine Wisdom." This once Christian church dates back to AD 537. It's an impressive complex that has been a museum since 1934.
Ross and Bob made a quick visit ...
... me how to play back in Cuernavaca. Little he knew back then that he would teach me something that I would enjoy playing for my whole life.
After playing tavla (and beating the coffee shop manager 5-4) I went to meet my friend Alper. I met Alper 2 years ago during my first visit to Istanbul: back then we shared a few things in common: both of us were working in Saudi Arabia, although he flew in and out and I was living and working there full time. Also, we both do and ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking